EU’s Tusk criticizes Trump over attitude on European allies

EU’s Tusk criticizes Trump over attitude on European allies

He will then head to Helsinki for talks with Russian leader Vladimir Putin and some experts have expressed fears the pair will agree the U.S. should station fewer troops in Europe.

The news about Trump's interaction with Putin comes ahead of a scheduled North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels on Tuesday, and a planned one-on-one meeting with Putin in Finland next week. "Thank you to all of my great supporters, really big progress being made", Trump tweeted.

Answering questions from reporters on the lawn of the White House as he and his wife Melania prepared to board the Marine One presidential helicopter, Mr Trump said that the United Kingdom "certainly has a lot of things going on".

"I said, 'You know, Angela, I can't guarantee it, but we're protecting you, '" Trump said, referring to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, at a Montana rally on July 5.

Mr Tusk responded to the United States president on Twitter, claiming that the U.S. won't have "a better ally than EU". "Today Europeans spend on defense many times more than Russian Federation and as much as China", Tusk said Tuesday.

Trump refuses to label Putin a foe, an adversary, an enemy, despite his past and current attacks on the USA electoral system.

In direct costs, the US now pays about 22 percent of NATO's "principal budgets" that are funded by all alliance members based on a cost-sharing formula that factors in the gross national income of each country. Separately, doubts about Trump's commitment to European security have pushed EU leaders to boost defense cooperation.

Last month, the U.S. raised fears of a trade war by slapping tariffs on steel and aluminium from the EU, Canada, Mexico and other United States allies. Then's he's off to Britain to meet with Prime Minister Theresa May and Queen Elizabeth II before heading to Scotland.

"I hope you have no doubt this is an investment in our security, which can not be said with confidence about Russian & Chinese spending", Tusk wrote. In the unimaginable event that such support would be forthcoming, Trump would bring down America's whole economic, social, and national security house of cards.

This disdain for USA allies is essentially the beating heart of much of Trump's foreign policy, it seems. They are also likely discuss two arms control pacts - the INF Treaty and the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), told Jon Huntsman, US ambassador to Russian Federation, to reporters on a conference call. But it depends on the validity of several assumptions, most important being that Trump is totally unaware of U.S. interests in Europe and the world in general, doesn't care, or is so besotted with Putin as to come perilously close to committing treason.