LONDON - Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday she was looking forward to positive talks with US President Donald Trump later this week, after he said that Britain was in turmoil and considered May critic Boris Johnson a friend.
Trump's relationship with Putin, and his inconsistent stance on Russia's interference in the 2016 United States presidential election, is perhaps one of the most scrutinized aspects of his presidency. "It's not a bad thing, I've said that many times".
Mrs May has been strongly criticised over her Chequers plan for Brexit which Jacob Rees Mogg has claimed will leave Britain as a "vassal state" to the European Union and Mr Johnson has said will turn the United Kingdom into an European Union "colony".
FRANCE has plans to increase defense spending by more than one third by 2025, sending it well on its way to satisfying the 2 percent goal and earning a stamp of approval from Trump.
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He told reporters in Washington before leaving that "frankly it helps them a lot more than it helps us" and then later tweeted from Air Force One that he may demand reimbursements from the European member nations. 'I'm confident the UK-US alliance will play a leading role in advancing our shared values of democracy and freedom, ' he said. He said in a Twitter post that a trade deficit with the European Union "makes it impossible for our farmers and workers and companies to do business in Europe. and then they want us to happily defend them through North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, and nicely pay for it".
Member countries are anxious that Trump will spurn them and threaten to unravel the organization, their fears stemming from the G7 meeting last month.
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While Mr Trump is looking to improve relations with Russian Federation, there has been alarm at the deteriorating climate with his allies in Europe and what he might agree to with President Putin.
While it's true that the U.S. provides roughly 22% of NATO's budget, this percentage is based off a carefully crafted formula that includes factors such as the size of a member state's economy.
"I really can't say right now". The NATO chief said that the Europeans and Canada are projected to spend around US$266 billion more on defence by 2024.
CANADA and NORWAY are other offenders in the eyes of the US president, although Ottawa has plans to increase its defense budget by almost three-quarters over the next decade.
The EU Council leader said pointedly that when Mr Trump did meet Mr Putin on 16 July "it is always worth knowing who is your strategic friend and who is your strategic problem". "[Trump] is going to talk to Russian Federation, to Putin about his malign influence in so many areas", she said. Trump declined to go with either option, calling Putin a "competitor" instead.
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.