Trump has given plenty of advance warning of his line of attack, with letters dispatched to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders who don't yet meet the target of 2 per cent of gross domestic product. Far from hitting the two per cent minimum agreed to by all parties as recently as 2014 at the NATO Cardiff summit, Stoltenberg boasted that just eight out of 29 nations were expected to hit the minimum this year and a "majority" were expected to by 2024.
Officials claim that Trump has had several phone calls with the Russian President since taking office, and that the two men often plot global policy together. Appearing to even belittle the world's foremost superpower, Tusk quipped: "Dear America, appreciate your allies, after all you don't have all that many".
"I think that getting along with Russian Federation, getting along with China, getting along with others is a good thing, not a bad thing", he said.
"I would like to address president Trump directly who for a long time now has been criticising Europe nearly daily", the former Polish prime minister said.
Some diplomats fear that Trump will threaten to pull troops out of Europe without more spending on defense, despite USA denials.
Diplomats fear an acrimonious meeting could undermine efforts to show unity in the face of the growing threat on the alliance's eastern flank - particularly with Trump set to meet Putin in Helsinki a few days later. "Frankly, Putin may be the easiest of them all".
The tensions with Trump look all the more stark in the context of a summit that will take important decisions to boost NATO's ability to defend itself from the threat it sees from Russian Federation. But we can not be taken advantage of. On top of that we lose $151 Billion on Trade with the European Union.
The US commander-in-chief has a familiar stick to wield: the shortfall in defense spending; or as Trump puts it, allies' refusal to "pay what they owe".
"Dear @realDonaldTrump. US doesn't have and won't have a better ally than EU".
On other occasions, the two men discussed Syria, where Putin offered to help Trump achieve his agenda of pulling the United States out of the region, before advisers urged the President not to accept such an offer. "Charge us big Tariffs (& Barriers)!" the President tweeted on Tuesday before six in the morning. "Not fair to the US taxpayer", Trump said. Trump said might meet with Johnson in the United Kingdom despite his resignation.
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