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U.S. President Donald Trump jokes with British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson as British Prime Minister Theresa May walks past during a working dinner meeting at the NATO headquarters during a NATO summit of heads of stat NATO Fears Trump May Threaten to Pull Troops From Europe If They Don't Increase Spending
Jeannette Daniel | 10 July, 2018, 17:13

Ahead the NATO Heads of State and Government summit scheduled from 11 to 12 July, 2018 in Brussels, Belgium, leaders face a major threat to the credibility of their military alliance at their summit this week - not from traditional foe Russian Federation, but from the head of their most powerful member, USA president Donald Trump.

James Goldgeier, professor at the School of International Service at American University, said that President Trump is correct to complain that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partners should be spending more on their own security- this is a view held by former presidents. "This is unfair, nor is is acceptable". USA reports have suggested Trump may be interested in a drawdown in Germany, but the much greater changes seem to just be further panicky speculation built around Europe's general opposition to the Trump-Putin summit.

Responding to criticism from Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council, who complained that Trump is "criticizing Europe nearly daily", Trump says the United States is "being taken advantage of" by the European Union.

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

According to the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, as the latest tax estimate predicts much higher government revenues than expected, Scholz promised more money to the army, succumbing to pressure from German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen, a member of Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union. He has pulled the USA out of the Paris climate agreement as well as the Iran nuclear deal, slapped tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, and threatened additional tariffs on products like automobiles.

European Union leaders have been rattled by a recent encounter with Trump at the G7 summit in Canada, where the U.S. president belittled his democratic allies.

"The president is going into a situation where most of the countries he will be talking to will not be thinking internationally because they have so many headaches domestically", said Christopher Swift, a national security scholar at Georgetown University.

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But, given a general wariness towards Russian Federation among American voters and Congressional lawmakers, Trump is unlikely to concede too much to Putin, said Michaels.

"Dear America, appreciate your allies". Then's he's off to Britain to meet with Prime Minister Theresa May and Queen Elizabeth II before heading to Scotland.

Asked by DailyMail.com whether Mrs May should continue as PM, Mr Trump said "that is up to the people".

"Getting ready to leave for Europe". He called Putin a "competitor".

He suggested Trump had little regard for US allies.

"Russia should be in this meeting", Trump said in June.

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