Trump says added Nato funds not enough for US

Flake's advice to Trump on Putin meeting

European officials say while U.S. defence spending makes up 70 percent of combined allied governments' military budgets, just 15 percent of USA expenditure is spent in Europe on NATO-related defence.

Nord Stream 2 is a proposed gas pipeline from Russian Federation to Germany.

She said: "We have a tight relationship with our allies in the European Union, yet this government is tearing us away from them just as Trump is making a mockery of our so-called special relationship".

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 USA leader on Tuesday.

Mrs May, for her part, insisted that she was looking forward to meeting the president, both in Brussels and when she hosts him in the UK.

The dramatic exchange set the tone for what was already expected to be a tense day of meetings with leaders of the military alliance.

Overall, NATO members will spend an average 2.40 percent of GDP on defense this year compared with 2.42 percent in 2017, the alliance said.

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2018NATO countries must pay MORE, the United States must pay LESS.

"This has been going on for decades and it is disproportionate and not fair to the taxpayers of the United States and we're going to make it fair".

"They will spend more", he later predicted.

Still, key allies Britain and Italy have their own beefs with Europe's leaders in Brussels, and they will more warmly embrace the tough-talking American president.

Russia has been accused of meddling in the 2016 US presidential elections, and several high-level investigations are examining the possibility of collusion between Trump's campaign and Russian officials.

That's not how the spending works.

Last month, the president fired off several letters to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member nations that have failed to live up to the two percent threshold, warning them if nothing changes, the US would have to act accordingly. He also called Brussels a "hell hole" and "a mess".

While countries closer to Russian Federation, such as Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, and Poland, significantly boosted defense, most other members took a more relaxed approach, with Germany's defense minister saying in 2015 that she didn't see a need to meet the spending bar, Deutsche Welle reported.

"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. After all, you don't have that many.

Trump interjected, asking Stoltenberg why he thought that had happened.

The NATO summit is also being attended by leaders of so-called NATO partner states that are not members of the alliance. "Other presidents never did anything about it because i don't think they understood it, or they just didn't want to get involved", Trump suggested, warning he would take a very different approach. "He may be the only one, but that's OK with me". "Frankly, Putin may be the easiest of them all", said Trump. Trump meets Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on July 16 the final stop of his European trip.

"Dear America, appreciate your allies-after all, you don't have that many".

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