Trump Told Putin: My Aides Are "Stupid People"

Mr Tusk also said that the United States did not and would not have a better ally than the EU, reminding the president that it was European troops who had fought and died in Afghanistan after the 11 September 2001 attacks on the US. -NATO meeting ahead of the summit, according to Reuters. The world is facing too many threats for the United States to go it alone.

Stoltenberg has the challenging task of chairing the first major gathering of western leaders since a Group of Seven meeting last month ended with Trump insulting the host, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. He also let US defense spending fall.

"I've said that many times for many years, so we'll see".

Trump meets Putin on July 16.

Since Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea, the country has built up its forces close to Baltic states.

"I've always liked him", Trump said as he departed from the White House.

"The president was willing to offer concessions to Kim without getting anything specific or concrete in return", said Jeffrey Rathke, deputy director of the Europe Program at the nonpartisan Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Before he left Andrews Air Force Base, President Trump reiterated his demand for the U.S. to pay less and other members of the Western military alliance to pay more, and he linked the issue to the EU's trade surplus with the US. The US is spending many times more than any other country in order to protect them. And he told supporters at a rally in Montana last week that he had told German leader Angela Merkel, "We're protecting you, and it means a lot more to you. because I don't know how much protection we get by protecting you".

NATO, which was founded soon after World War II to counter the influence of the Soviet Union, officially suspended all cooperation with Russian Federation after Putin seized Crimea in 2014.

Still, Trump's "America First" approach to the military alliance that has been in place since the Cold War could already be altering the nation's relationship to the rest of the globe in ways that might not express themselves for years to come. Trump will press for more European defense spending at this week's meeting, which is likely to be contentious.

Associated Press/Andrew HarnikPresident Donald Trump speaks on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin, January 28, 2017.

While Tusk did urge North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members to increase their spending, this message certainly can't be seen as a friendly gesture to one of the EU's strongest allies, the United States. Trump has argued that countries not paying their fair share are freeloading off the USA and has threatened to stop protecting those he feels pay too little.

The president touted that the USA lost $151 billion a year ago on trade and slapped tariffs on other countries in an effort towards free and fair trade.

Canada is spending just over 1.2 per cent of GDP on defence, significantly below the target.

James Comey, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, said of Donald Trump that he bore more resemblance to a mob boss than a democratic politician.

  • Jon Douglas