Trump seen likely to support NATO's Article 5 but wants more spending

Moscow drafts a blueprint for the Putin-Trump summit in Helsinki

NATO Braces for Trump Visit, But Fears May Be Overplayed

The document reportedly emphasizes the importance of maintaining a dialogue between the Russian and USA heads of state, diplomats, militaries, and intelligence agencies, and calls for closer economic ties and more contact between Russians and Americans. But with the president in attendance, Bremmer argued, it's bound to end in animus, just like the recent G-7 meeting.

President Trump will be in Europe this week to meet with world leaders - allies and adversaries alike - to discuss pivotal agenda items for American, NATO, and global stability interests.

Before he left Andrews Air Force Base, President Trump reiterated his demand for the USA to pay less and other members of the Western military alliance to pay more, and he linked the issue to the EU's trade surplus with the US.

Still, the administration official said, Trump would likely reiterate USA support for the NATO treaty's Article 5, a provision that means an attack against one ally is considered an attack against all of them.

Despite Russia's aggressive moves in Ukraine and confirmed election meddling in the US, the president wouldn't say if Putin was friend or foe. Putin reportedly has been telling Trump that "fake news" and the "deep state" are conspiring against them. Trump told reporters at the White House as he set out on his trip to Europe.

Trump replied, "Well, we do have a lot of allies, but we can not be taken advantage of".

"These are not the things that make headlines, and Trump likes headlines", says Charles Kupchan, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. But Trump's more aggressive approach on the issue has some anxious that he will focus on defense spending at the expense of other discussions.

For NATO he doubled down on his previous arguments about other member states taking advantage of the not contributing more to the budget.

In a second tweet, the president wrote: "NATO countries must pay MORE, the United States must pay LESS".

Defense spending among the 29 nations belonging to the transatlantic military alliance increased to an estimated 2.42% of gross domestic product (GDP), up from 2.4% in 2016, the organization said earlier this year.

"America, appreciate your allies - after all, you don't have that many". "But we will work it out and all countries will be happy".

Expected protests in the UK, Trump said, would be "up to the people".

When the president put tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, which affected key trade partners including European countries, he cited national security concerns as his reason.

"I think he's simply trying to say to our great North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies and friends, 'let's make sure that we're all rowing in the same direction, so to speak". "The atmosphere of this meeting, between the tariffs [and pulling out of] the Iran nuclear agreement, we're not in a great environment for European countries to support what the USA wants".

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