From EU's Donald To US' Donald, "Dear Trump, Appreciate Your Allies"

In the past seven months Europe’s leaders have bickered over Pesco the EU’s Permanent Structured Co-operation policy

In the past seven months Europe’s leaders have bickered over Pesco the EU’s Permanent Structured Co-operation policy

Minutes later, Mr Tusk tweeted: "Dear Donald Trump".

Putin had two brief meetings with Trump on the sidelines of global summits past year, but plans for a full-fledged summit had been delayed amid the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Congressional probes into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election - dismissed by the USA president as a "witch-hunt".

On Nato, President Trump's main objection is that a number of member states have not increased their defence budgets to the target of 2% of economic output.

Speaking outside the White House as he prepared to board his Marine One helicopter, Trump said: 'That is up to the people, ' when asked if Mrs May should remain in her job.

Tusk, who chairs European Union leader summits, is a former Polish prime minister from the centre-right Civic Platform party, which takes a staunch pro-US line in foreign policy.

Nevertheless, European Council President Donald Tusk maintains that as a whole the EU spends more on defence than China and Russian Federation.

Trump touched down in Brussels aboard Air Force One hot on the heels of a stern warning from the EU's top official that America should "appreciate" its allies.

He vowed not to be "taken advantage" of by the European Union, which he accuses of freeloading by relying on the United States for its defence while blocking U.S. imports into the bloc, the world's biggest market.

President Trump will attend a closed-door summit with Vladimir Putin on Monday and has said no aides from the United States would be present for much of the talk. "It is always worth knowing who is your strategic friend, and who is your strategic problem", Tusk says.

Trump leaves Britain for the summit with Putin on July 16 in Helsinki, Finland.

Similarly, earlier on Tuesday the president tweeted, "Getting ready to leave for Europe".

NATO's European allies have spent more on defense for a second consecutive year in 2017, but the majority of them still failed to meet the target of spending two percent of their GDP on defense.

The meeting comes at a time of fraying relations across the European Union, so will anyone stand up to the US President? It added: "The combined wealth of the non-US Allies, measured in GDP, exceeds that of the United States".

Within minutes of Mr Trump replied on Twitter, Nato countries must pay more, the United States must pay less.

Trump seems intent on ensuring that by end of his presidency, it has even fewer.

Europe's biggest economy is on course to spend just 1.24 per cent of GDP on defence in 2018.

"But we can not be taken advantage of", Trump added. He said in a Twitter post that a trade deficit with the European Union " makes it impossible for our farmers and workers and companies to do business in Europe. and then they want us to happily defend them through North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, and nicely pay for it.

During his first meeting at the group's headquarters in Brussels previous year, Trump suggested that members who haven't been paying their fair share should be required to pay back dues.

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