Russian Federation expert: Trump should see Putin as ‘at least an adversary’

Trump did not directly answer questions about whether he had threatened to take the U.S. out of the alliance, saying he "told people I'd be very unhappy if they didn't up their commitments very substantially".

Brooke Singman is a Politics Reporter for Fox News.

President Trump claimed Friday ahead of his summit with Vladimir Putin that the Russian president would not have invaded Crimea had he been in office, calling the globally condemned annexation an "Obama disaster".

As he flew off to the United Kingdom on Thursday for the next leg of his European tour, it was left to President Emmanuel Macron of France to correct the record following Trump's freewheeling press conference in which he claimed to have pushed allies into new defence spending commitments.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was literally America's way of creating a post-war security umbrella for its own interests. May, who was planning a full court welcome that included a gala dinner at Blenheim Palace, Churchill's boyhood home, and an audience with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle.

But if Mr. Trump was expecting a friendly reception from our allies, he was in for a big surprise.

Yet, appearing to reveal his suggestion was not to walk away from negotiations with Brussels, the president said: "You can't walk away because if she walks away that means she's stuck.

It's very detailed", Macron said.

"I think he's got what it takes". I like Boris Johnson.

Failing to take as tough a tone with Putin - whose leadership Trump frequently compliments and praises, underscoring his desire for a friendly relationship - could be perilous. "I've always liked him". 'And so now that the details of the white paper are clear, the president and the prime minister will be able to discuss this in more detail'.

"And no, a joint statement is not an obligatory attribute of such meetings".

Trump's comment that Germany was controlled by Russian Federation earned a rebuke from Berlin.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Belgium Prime Minister Charles Michel were also singled out by Trump for undershooting on their spending targets when United States taxpayers, funding a defence budget worth about 3.6 percent of their national income, foot much of NATO's bills. "They're very strong. Very unified, very strong".

"It's a horrific thing being done where you're feeding billions and billions of dollars from Germany. into the coffers of Russian Federation when we're trying to do something so that we have peace in the world". "They are going to up it at levels they have never thought of before".

This, from someone who has never criticized Russian Federation for its seizure and annexation of the Crimean peninsula in the Ukraine, and denying that their troops were in Eastern part of that country.

Perry said that new LNG expert terminals are coming on line in the eastern United States and that U.S. and European scientists and engineers are working together to improve supply.

Others, such as University of Ottawa professor Roland Paris, who previously served as Trudeau's foreign policy adviser, were left unimpressed with Trump's approach, saying it could pose a danger to the alliance, whose very strength rests on unity.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday, though, said the discussion "made NATO stronger", as it "created a new sense of urgency".

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