Yet the risk of a blowup is all the greater given Trump's habit of conflating defense spending with trade surpluses, a gripe that puts Angela Merkel and Justin Trudeau firmly in his sights.
President Donald Trump said his upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin may be the easiest meeting of his upcoming trip to Europe. The U.S.is spending many times more than any other country in order to protect them", Trump tweeted Tuesday morning, adding: "Not fair to the U.S. taxpayer.
The president also broadcast his view with a presidential tweet ahead of his departure, saying the United States disproportionate contributions to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation are "unfair" to the USA taxpayer.
"Certainly, the president has been very plainspoken about asking our allies to do more", Hutchison said from Brussels, noting that other former presidents, including Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, did the same. "Frankly, Putin may be the easiest of them all - who would think?"
"We're being taken advantage of by the European Union". "I think that getting along with Russian Federation, getting along with China, getting along with others, is a good thing, not a bad thing".
Diplomats fear an acrimonious meeting could undermine efforts to show unity in the face of the growing threat on the alliance's eastern flank - particularly with Trump set to meet Putin in Helsinki a few days later. 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".
"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.
Trump went on to tell reporters on the White House lawn that he believes he'll be able to "work something out" with other member countries.
On Crimea: Trump has increased the USA military presence in Europe after the "annexation illegally of Crimea by Russia", Hutchison said.
"The US doesn't have and won't have a better ally than the EU".
"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.