Trump assails NATO members days before summit

NATO Braces For Trump, White House Says Business As Usual

At the Wales summit in 2014, alarmed by declining military spending across the alliance and as the Ukraine crisis raged, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members pledged to "aim to move towards the two percent guideline within a decade". "Vladimir Putin happens to run one of the most powerful countries on Earth", Giuliani told NBC's "Meet the Press".

Christian Lindner, head of the pro-business Free Democrats, told Deutschlandfunk in an interview that he did not trust Trump, and his actions on trade and in the security arena were not in the United States' long term interest.

Hutchison made a point to emphasize her view that one of the themes of the gathering of alliance leaders is "going to be NATO's strength and unity".

It's not clear any of this is actually being considered. Well, a new report reveals another tidbit of information on what President Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin talked about during that conversation. "They were dying on the pitch, we are proud with them", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying.

Second, Putin will blame all of the problems in U.S. -Russia relations on Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama.

"Even if they hit 2 percent, I don't think it would matter....he just isn't interested in the whole alliance relationship", said Goldgeier.

Allies are braced for a barrage of invective from Trump for not spending enough on defense, and are apprehensive that his often skeptical tone on the alliance that has underpinned European security for 70 years might turn into outright hostility.

"I do think Russian Federation is trying to flip Turkey; they're trying to flip many of our allies", Hutchison said. "This is not fair, nor is it acceptable", Trump tweeted Monday morning, previewing his message in Brussels. "But right now, we have sanctions against Russian Federation due to their malign influence and the things they're doing that are very disruptive - trying to divide our alliance", Hutchison told "Face the Nation" on Sunday.

Much, of course, depends on the president's mood, which is rarely good during worldwide conferences where he bristles at what he considers the unfair economic and security alliances the United States constructed in the wake of WWII and the Cold War. He has pulled the USA out of the Paris climate agreement as well as the Iran nuclear deal, slapped tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, and threatened additional tariffs on products like automobiles. Last month, a dour Trump stomped through the G7 summit in Canada, suggesting Russian Federation be readmitted to the elite economic group, despite having been expelled for invading neighboring Ukraine and annexing Crimea.

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