EU official criticizes Trump over attitude toward allies

EU official criticizes Trump over attitude toward allies

EU official criticizes Trump over attitude toward allies

"Wow!" And in multiple tweets, he reiterated a familiar theme, complaining that the U.S. is shouldering an unfair share of defense costs overseas: "NATO countries must pay MORE, the United States must pay LESS", he tweeted.

A few moments earlier, Mr Trump tweeted he was preparing for his journey overseas to attend the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting.

He then laced into German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who will be in attendance in Brussels, complaining about how much the United States put toward Germany's defense: "And I said, you know, Angela, I can't guarantee it, but we're protecting you, and it means a lot more to you".

Defence secretary Tobias Ellwood told The Sunday Telegraph: 'Given the US's footprint in Europe and Putin's recent hostile actions much hinges on the outcome of the two summits'.

"America, appreciate your allies - after all, you don't have that many". US officials said the two sides this time would be discussing Russian election meddling, Russia's incursions in the Ukraine and involvement in Syria.

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"On top of this the European Union has a Trade Surplus of $151 Million with the USA, with big Trade Barriers on US goods".

He later tweeted: "The US doesn't have and won't have a better ally than the EU".

According to an internal European Union memo obtained by Bloomberg and using BEA figures, when including trade in goods, trade in services and primary income from investments, the US has a 12 billion-euro surplus with the EU.

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While departing on Monday, Mr. Trump said his meeting with the Russian leader "may be the easiest" of all his meetings this week in Europe. "And to say that Putin is a friendlier, easier meeting than with our oldest allies in the world is simply jaw-dropping".

Trump is pushing for other countries to spend more on their own defense, while taking credit for some increases that have already occurred.

All together, the 29 alliance members spent an estimated $917 billion on defense in 2017, and the USA portion was about $618 billion.

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The NATO summit is likely to be dominated by Trump's insistence that member nations step up and pay more for their joint defence.

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