Ahead of Trump Visit, NATO Leaders Spin Poor Defence Spending Figures

A US Army soldier from NATO and an Afghan policeman are seen at a checkpoint during a patrol against Islamic State militants at the Deh Bala district in eastern Nangarhar province in Afghanistan

A US Army soldier from NATO and an Afghan policeman are seen at a checkpoint during a patrol against Islamic State militants at the Deh Bala district in eastern Nangarhar province in Afghanistan

Sen. Jeff Flake said Sunday he - and European allies - are anxious about what "might be promised" at an upcoming meeting between President Donald Trump and Russia's Vladimir Putin this month.

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen on Friday told Bloomberg TV that the summit must show unity, warning that "our opponents would be delighted if there is a division in NATO".

"Dear America, appreciate your allies, after all you don't have that many", Donald Tusk said after signing a joint European Union-NATO declaration on cooperation with alliance Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels.

He said that of the high-stakes meetings of his trip, "Putin may be the easiest of them all". They're also anxious about his potential embrace of Russia's Vladimir Putin during a summit in Helsinki.

Asked if he views Putin as a friend or foe, the president said "I really can't say right now" and instead characterized him as "a competitor". Trump also said in the same tweet. "I think that getting along with Russian Federation, getting along with China, getting along with others, is a good thing, not a bad thing".

"We're being taken advantage of by the European Union".

Speaking before he departed Washington D.C. Tuesday, President responded to Tusk's taunt, remarking: "Well, we do have a lot of allies". "So I don't know exactly what he is putting together in that ... but I know that there are many different areas where we are a dual goal", she said.

"Getting ready to leave for Europe". We're being taken advantage of by the European Union. "You are not behaving like a leader in the world, and we need you to do differently, to do better'". In the past few weeks, Trump has sent sharply worded letters to the leaders of several European countries, including Germany, Italy and Norway, and also to Canada, warning that the US was losing patience. Trump said might meet with Johnson in the United Kingdom despite his resignation.

"We've had falling outs over Libya, Iraq in 2003, but it's qualitatively different in that the biggest of the allies doesn't just have disagreements with us, but actually seems willing to walk away", Valasek said.

Before taking off for Brussels, Trump again chided fellow North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members for not contributing enough to the alliance while maintaining a trade surplus with the United States, his latest reprimand on issues that are straining transatlantic relations.