EU chief warns Trump to appreciate NATO allies

Flake's advice to Trump on Putin meeting

"Based on our agreed approach of doing nothing on Ukraine without Ukraine, I wish Mr Trump well in his efforts to bring Mr Putin back into line".

US President Donald Trump is greeted by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg as he arrives for a NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium.

"Many countries owe us", added the President.

The 30-minute interview - which will air Monday, July 16th on Fox News Channel - is the first and only interview that Putin will give to a Western journalist. Tusk took further aim at Trump on Tuesday at a joint EU-NATO declaration, telling Trump, "it is always worth knowing who is your strategic friend and who is your strategic problem".

He suggested Trump had little regard for U.S. allies. Mr. Tusk said that he wanted "to dispel the American president's argument which says that the United States alone protects Europe against our enemies and that the U.S. is nearly alone in this struggle". "After all, you don't have that many", Tusk boldly declared in Brussels. "We spend on defence much more than Russian Federation and as much as China", he added. The U.S. spends the most at 22.1 percent because it has the largest economy. A press aide demanded the media leave the room as Trump pushed Stoltenberg to explain how the supposed to protect Germany when its opening the front door to Vladimir Putin.

Trump said the European Union is taking advantage of the United States: "We lost $151 billion a year ago on trade".

According to trump, the foreign trade deficit is $151 billion.

The US is by far NATO´s biggest spender in terms of GDP as well as raw expenditure, shelling out some 3.57 percent of GDP on defense in 2017, according to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation figures. This is not fair, nor is it acceptable.

But Tusk had a warning for him.

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While Western European countries are likely to come under the microscope for defence spending, Eastern Europe-which has the most to fear from Russian aggression-could be overlooked.



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