pressure campaign on NATO allies to spend more on their own defense is paying off, U.S. NATO Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison said.
The planned summit between Trump and Putin is set for July 16th.
- Weaken the strong relation between the US and our European allies. "And I said, 'You know, [Chancellor] Angela [Merkel], I can't guarantee it, but we're protecting you, and it means a lot more to you than protecting us because I don't know how much protection we get by protecting you'". I would urge other (Nato members) to work towards that'. Some U.S. officials expressed their concern about a meeting without any other aides present.
In direct costs, the USA now pays about 22 percent of NATO's "principal budgets" that are funded by all alliance members based on a cost-sharing formula that factors in the gross national income of each country.
Member countries are anxious that Trump will spurn them and threaten to unravel the organization, their fears stemming from the G7 meeting last month.
The U.S. has been seeking an increased commitment by alliance members to increase defense spending.
As the investigation into ties between Russian Federation and trump continues, Trump's decision to meet one-on-one with Putin at an upcoming summit has drawn particular scrutiny, It seems Trump either does really have troubling ties to the Kremlin, or he doesn't mind acting in ways that make it look that way.
Russian President Vladimir Putin will not meet his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, who plans to attend a football match between France and Belgium Tuesday, the Kremlin said Monday.
There are concerns among some world leaders about what Trump could do and say during the meeting, and Trump himself recently criticized allies while offering compliments to Russian Federation and Putin--even suggesting that they be brought back into the group of nations now known as the G-7. The European governments are also curious about the road map of US foreign policy in regards to its relation with Russian Federation.
Commenting on whether Vladimir Putin is a "fine man" as President Trump called him last week, the Ambassador said she "wouldn't" describe him this way, at the same time adding that "despite how the many malign activities that Vladimir Putin has been doing just in the last few years, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation talks to Russia" while U.S. -Russia military to military talks are aimed "not to allow escalation of hostilities". "But right now, we have sanctions against Russian Federation due to their malign influence and the things they're doing that are very disruptive - trying to divide our alliance", Kay Bailey Hutchinson said.