NATO Braces For Trump, White House Says Business As Usual

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin talks to US President Donald Trump during their bilateral meeting at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 7, 2017. Trump also rejected the joint communique signed by leaders at the conclusion of the meeting, launching personal attacks against Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the process.

President Donald Trump has declared that his incessant jibes at USA allies to spend more on defense has made NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg "Trump's biggest fan", while Russian Federation must regret ever liking the ex-Apprentice host. I think I know what the decision of the people will be. "The United States is not going to take care of everything, '" Trump told his supporters in Montana, broadcast live on CSPAN. "And you need to make sure that we're willing, on our side, to hold Russian Federation responsible for the many activities that they are responsible for, whether that is election meddling; malign activities throughout Europe, including the Balkans, U.K. and Brexit, France, and Italy, just to mention a few; and to hold them responsible for" the destabilizing use of social media. They make it impossible to do business in Europe, and yet they come in and they sell their Mercedes and their BMWs to us.

Trump once again claimed the USA had a trade deficit of $151 billion with the European Union-a figure that is around $50 billion greater than his own administration's statistics, which include services as well as goods.

Speaking of the possible topics of the upcoming meeting, Huntsman said "some of them might be around strategic stability and arms control. And maybe your next big challenge is European citizens will need to work out who do they best feel protected by", the politician told EU bureaucrats. "But I will tell you the Secretary General [Jens] Stoltenberg is Trump's biggest fan", Trump insisted, arguing North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spending had gone "just like a rocket ship" since he entered office.

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He directly addressed German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a key G7 member, from the rally, saying, "The US pays four per cent of a huge GDP...and Germany which is the biggest country of the European Union, pays 1 per cent".

European allies are also concerned about election meddling by Russian Federation.

The conversation made no mention of rocket ships.

Briefing reporters ahead of the trip, Ambassador Jon Huntsman was asked what the president hoped to achieve by meeting yet again with the leader of a country US intelligence officials have concluded undermined USA democracy by meddling in the 2016 election to help Trump win, among a long list of hostile actions. At Trump's rally, the president suggested he had done enough to allay fears among Americans that he did not view USA allies favorably.

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