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NATO Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison: Trump to "encourage" Putin to change behavior

09 July 2018, 04:25 | Erica Roy

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"One and a half per cent is not 2 percent", he told Bild am Sonntag newspaper.

Trump has long complained that the US bears too large a financial burden, but has yet to act.

"What people are anxious about this trip is he'll have equally hard interactions with his North Atlantic Treaty Organisation counterparts", including Merkel and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, said James Goldgeier, a visiting senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and professor at American University, who is an expert in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and security alliances. Trump has noted that most allies are not meeting their commitment of spending 2 percent of gross domestic product on defense.

Lindner called for Europe to take a united stance as the world's largest single economic zone, providing a counterweight to Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Huntsman cited Trump's meeting earlier this month with North Korean Kim Jong Un as having "reduced tension on the Korean Peninsula", and said that any reduction in tension with Russian Federation "would be on a much bigger scale".

Anton Gerashchenko, a prominent Ukrainian lawmaker, said any decision by Trump to support Putin's interests in Ukraine would "extremely negatively affect all US positions in the world because America was believed only when they defended their allies with their own strength".


Beyer, in unusually frank remarks, told the media group that Trump's recent summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore has fueled concerns that Trump would let Putin "put one over on him" in Helsinki.

Administration officials have also said that subjects discussed with Putin would include Syria, where the administration is looking for a political settlement that would allow the withdrawal of USA troops there.

Trump directly addressed German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the rally in the USA state of Montana, saying: "You know, Angela.we are protecting you and it means a lot more to you.because I don't know how much protection we get by protecting you".

Pentagon leaders canceled military exercises there at Trump's direction but they quickly reaffirmed the United State's "ironclad commitment" to defend South Korea.

Asked whether Trump shared his sharper perspective, Huntsman said, "The president will drive the discussion on malign activity and election meddling. We all talk about it a little differently", he said, "but the president has talked about it in his own way".

The two leaders are due to meet on July 16 in Finland, and CNN previously reported Trump plans to meet Putin one-on-one before bringing in others to join their discussions.



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