Trump arrives in Brussels ahead of potentially contentious North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit

This week’s summit in Brussels could expose cracks in the Nato alliance

This week’s summit in Brussels could expose cracks in the Nato alliance

Trump's Twitter post on Tuesday echoed those on Monday and his criticism at a rally of supporters in the United States last week in which he said that Washington was unfairly carrying nearly all the cost of defending Europe.

With French and German officials urging member states to paper over their differences, EU President Donald Tusk delivered a blunt message to Trump yesterday, telling him "the U.S. doesn't have and won't have a better ally than the EU".

Trump's weeklong trip to Europe will continue with a stop in Scotland before ending with a sit-down in Helsinki with Putin, whose country the US intelligence community has concluded interfered in the 2016 election to help Trump win.

Putin is no fan of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, so any discord between the USA and the alliance members could set the stage for a warm reception in Helsinki, Finland. He called Putin a "competitor".

"The United States continues to devote more resources to the defence of Europe when the Continent's economy, including Germany's, are doing well and security challenges abound", Trump wrote to German chancellor Angela Merkel, the New York Times reported.

"I think that getting along with Russian Federation, getting along with China, getting along with others is a good thing, not a bad thing", he added. "It's not a bad thing, I've said that many times".

Looking for signs that the president remained committed to the alliance, Mr Stoltenberg pointed to a rise in American presence in Europe as well as a spending increase of 40 per cent on defence in Europe since the USA president's inauguration.

The NATO secretary general has told Sky News he is confident the alliance will "stand united".

Mr Trump has linked the issue of U.S. military spending to the EU's trade surplus with the United States, complaining that the bloc "makes it impossible for our farmers and workers and companies to do business in Europe" and then "want us to happily defend them through Nato". "And dear Europe, spend more on your defence, because everyone respects an ally that is well prepared and equipped".

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His intervention is likely to increase nervousness among European and Canadian leaders about Mr Trump's commitment to the alliance and the wider worldwide order following the acrimonious break-up of the G7 summit in Quebec in June.

Responding to Mr Trump's comments, Mrs May's official spokesman said: "This is something that the President has said on other occasions".

"Men like him, who look after the interests of their own citizens - we could do with dozens of them in this country", Mr. Salvini said.

I have the United Kingdom, which is in somewhat turmoil.

On Tuesday, Trump tweeted, "Getting ready to leave for Europe".

Trump's claim about the trade deficit with the European Union being $151 billion is also hyperbolic, as it only takes into account goods, not services.

"NATO has not treated us fairly but I think we'll work something out. Which can't be said with confidence about Russian or Chinese spending", Tusk said.

European officials have expressed hopes that member states can paper over their differences, but European Union President Donald Tusk delivered a blunt message to the U.S. leader on Tuesday.

"Our summit comes at a time when some are questioning the strength of the transatlantic bond and I would not be surprised if we have robust discussions at the summit, including on defense spending", Stoltenberg told reporters Tuesday.

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