"I hope you have no doubt this is an investment in our security, which can not be said with confidence about Russian & Chinese spending", Tusk wrote. 'I think its a very bad thing for NATO.' Stoltenberg inadvertently whipped up the president at an internationally broadcast breakfast, telling him he'd like to understand Trump's nearly singular focus on Germany and its weaknesses in his gripes about the NATO alliance.
European Council President Donald Tusk accused him of criticising Europe "almost daily", tweeting: "Dear America, appreciate your allies, after all, you don't have that many". However, he's anxious about the president demeaning America's allies and praising its adversaries. "We spend on defence much more than Russian Federation and as much as China", he added. In addition, Wallace said he will ask the Russian president about the summit with Trump and where the two sides stand on contentious issues like NATO, Syria and Ukraine.
CBS News White House correspondent Weija Jang says President Trump set the tone for the summit at his breakfast meeting with Stoltenberg; typically leaders hash out conflicts in private, but the tense exchange unfolded with cameras rolling. Whereas the United States in actual numbers is paying 4.2% of a much larger GDP. In May, Tusk said that with friends like Trump, one doesn't need enemies.
United States steps up China trade spat with $200bn new tariffs
Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are those of the author and may not reflect those of Kitco Metals Inc . China's retaliation to those measures was "without any global legal basis or justification", Lighthizer said Tuesday.
His comments followed a Tuesday tweet: "Many countries in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, which we are expected to defend, are not only short of their current commitment of 2% (which is low), but are also delinquent for many years in payments that have not been made".
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For Eastern Europe, the inevitable bluster of today's summit will not be of as much concern as Mr Trump's summit with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki later this week.