Trump scolds NATO members days ahead of summit

Trump scolds NATO members days ahead of summit

Her comments come just weeks after Trump charged that America is "the piggy bank that (NATO) likes to take from", and "we like to help out, but it helps them, they're in Europe".

"What Trump says will be decisive for the future of the alliance, but we do not know what he will say", a diplomat from a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation country said.

"It will become increasingly hard to justify to American citizens why some countries continue to fail to meet our shared collective security commitments", Trump said in a letter addressed to Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg seen by Bloomberg News.

He accuses European NATO allies of freeloading, telling a rally this week that they had treated the USA like "schmucks".

At the G20 summit in Germany a year ago, Trump and Putin and spoke privately for over two hours accompanied only by translators, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. He also accused Merkel of pursuing oil and gas deals with Russian Federation while asking the U.S.to protect it from Russian Federation. "I think we'll see more and more countries developing relationships that they think will benefit them in an era when they can't count on the United States the way they used to", said Goldgeier. Trump has said the USA nuclear capability needs renewing.

"I'm going to tell NATO: You've got to start paying your bills".

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"Russia should be in this meeting", Trump said in June.

And the USA presidential Advisor for national security John Bolton visited Russia on June 27, said in Moscow that "this (the recognition of the Crimea part of the Russian Federation - approx. ed.) is not the position of the United States". "It's not, sort of, a policy statement or, as one person described it, a press release".

"I do think Russian Federation is trying to flip Turkey; they're trying to flip many of our allies", Hutchison said.

President Donald Trump is being criticized roundly by some for his plan to meet personally with Russian leader Vladimir Putin this summer.

"Instead of viewing it that way, he views it as "The U.S. has been played"...and it's always this 'They're laughing at us, '" he added.

Former U.S. officials said Putin might try to sell Trump on Russian Federation helping pressure Iran to remove its proxies from southwestern Syria but probably understood there was little chance of sanctions easing because of congressional opposition.

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