A senior European Union official lashed out on Tuesday (Wednesday NZ Time) at President Donald Trump, lambasting the USA leader's constant criticism of European allies and urging him to remember who his friends are when he meets Russian President Vladimir Putin next week.
"Dear America, appreciate your allies", Tusk said.
Unwavering support for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has been a basic tenet of U.S. foreign policy since the alliance was founded in 1949, but as Trump's emerging trade tariff war with Europe shows, the president has no qualms about upending conventional thinking on major worldwide issues. After that comes a visit to Finland and another high-profile summit on Monday-with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Trump was less forthcoming about his support for Theresa May, however. Trump left that meeting without signing the joint statement from the seven nations and antagonizing important USA allies, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Similarly, earlier on Tuesday the president tweeted, "Getting ready to leave for Europe". Stresses faced by the European Union, in major part because of the flow of refugees from the Middle East produced largely by the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, are also major threats to European security and directly benefit Putin. "Many of these nations owe massive amounts of money from past years, and not paying in those past years", Trump told the leaders of member countries. And It is not to sugarcoat Trump's gross failure to understand that USA power and influence in the world, essential underpinnings of his desire to put "American first", demand that the United States also work effectively with other countries, especially its allies and partners around the world.
Trump has shown little regard for America's traditional bonds with the Old World, publicly upbraiding world leaders at NATO's new headquarters a year ago for not spending enough on defense and delivering searing indictments of Western trading partners last month at an worldwide summit in Canada.
Trump has long admired Putin, and believes the U.S. and Russian Federation can be allies, according to multiple reports on his attitude toward Putin and his regime.
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On Nato, President Trump's main objection is that a number of member states have not increased their defence budgets to the target of 2% of economic output.
Johnson has recently praised Trump, something the President appears to have noticed.
"The U.S.is spending many times more than any other country in order to protect them".
But for months, former real estate magnate Trump, eager to distance himself from both the Democratic and Republican politicians who preceded him, has been preaching a very different message.
He repeated his complaints about being treated "unfairly" by USA allies, but said "we'll work something out". "Europeans spend on defence many times more than Russia and as much as China, and I think you can have no doubt, Mr President, that this is an investment in common American and European defence and security, which cannot be said with confidence about Russian or Chinese spending".
Labour MP Madeleine Moon, a champion of the anti-Brexit campaign group Best for Britain, said Mr Trump's comments were "a wake up call and a look into the future we face if Brexit goes ahead".
European Union and USA government data put the US trade deficit with the European Union at around $100 billion, including services such as finance, where the United States has a surplus. "It's very clear, and he's been very direct about the Europeans needing to do more for their own security".
Trump, who said he has not spoken with May since the resignations, described Johnson as a "friend of mine" and said he might speak with him during the trip.