NATO Braces for Trump Visit, But Fears May Be Overplayed

GETTYDonald Trump has accused some Nato countries of not spending their two per cent of GDP on defence

GETTYDonald Trump has accused some Nato countries of not spending their two per cent of GDP on defence

With the established global order on shaky footing, President Donald Trump's weeklong trip to Europe will test already strained bonds with some of the United States' closest allies, then put him face to face with the leader of the country whose electoral interference was meant to help put him in office. "Imagine Trump doing Brexit". German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said her government will increase spending to 1.5% of GDP by 2024.

Mr Trump has been a strong supporter of Brexit and Britain offering a quick free trade deal.

This approach to diplomacy with Russian Federation has foreign policy experts anxious, particularly after Russian Federation still stands accused of meddling with the 2016 USA presidential election and being suspected of carrying out a deadly nerve-agent attack in the UK.

James Comey, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, said of Donald Trump that he bore more resemblance to a mob boss than a democratic politician.

Trump also took aim at what he indicated were trade inequities with the EU on Monday in an indication he will attempt to link the USA commitment to European security with trade. Trump left that gathering without signing the perfunctory joint statement among the leaders that his aides had endorsed, and he proceeded to trash its host, Trudeau, as "weak" and "dishonest".

Since moving into the White House nearly 18 months ago, the US president has been as abrasive with some of America's most trusted allies as he has been warm toward traditional adversaries like North Korea and Russian Federation. "Different views are normal among friends and allies, but I am confident that we will agree on the fundamentals".

During a rally last week in Montana, Trump vowed that he would "tell NATO: 'You've got to start paying your bills."' The president also bemoaned that Americans were "the schmucks that are paying for the whole thing". "After all, you don't have that many".

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"We do have a lot of allies".

President Trump said his meeting with Putin may be the least contentious of the three.

"He's mainly anxious about our allies taking advantage of us".

European Union and U.S. government data put the USA trade deficit with the European Union at around $100 billion, including services such as finance, where the United States has a surplus.

Trump has slapped tariffs on billions of dollars worth of steel and aluminum imports from China, the European Union, Canada and others, prompting retaliation against United States products.

"Since Canada is nowhere near to fulfilling NATO's 2 per cent norm of GDP on defence spending and won't do so in the foreseeable future, it is politically wise to emphasise Canada's role in leading the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation deployment in the Baltics", Professor Andres Kasekamp, chair of Estonian Studies at the University of Toronto and a security policy expert on the Baltic countries, told The Associated Press. We'll see how that goes'.

Booth reported from London.

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