Trump hails Boris Johnson as ‘a friend’

Trudeau, who was called "weak" by Trump after the G7 meeting, pledged to boost Canadian troop numbers 540, from around 450 now.

The dynamics between Trump and heads of government with their own predilections could create some volatile chemistry at the two-day summit. Separately, doubts about Trump's commitment to European security have pushed EU leaders to boost defense cooperation.

Before he left Andrews Air Force Base, President Trump reiterated his demand for the USA to pay less and other members of the Western military alliance to pay more, and he linked the issue to the EU's trade surplus with the US.

Before taking off on Air Force One, he tweeted: "Getting ready to leave for Europe".

"It's certainly going to be an interesting time with NATO", Trump told journalists.

"Europeans spend on defense many times more than Russian Federation and as much as China and I think you have no doubt, Mr. President, that this is an investment in common American and European defense and security, which can not be said with confidence about Russian Federation or Chinese spending", Tusk said.

At the same time, he declared that "Putin is fine" and that he had been preparing for their summit "all my life". "Frankly Putin may be the easiest of them all", he said.

On Nato, President Trump's main objection is that a number of member states have not increased their defence budgets to the target of 2 percent of economic output. "Who would think?" he told reporters. "It's much too costly for the U.S".

This year, the United States will spend about $36 billion directly on defending Europe, according to the International Institute for Strategic Studies, a British think tank.

In between, he will be in Britain, with a black tie dinner hosted by May on Thursday and a working visit with the prime minister on Friday.

Asked about Boris Johnson's resignation, Trump added: "Boris Johnson is a friend of mine".

Trump will meet the Russian leader in the Finnish capital on July 16 for their first summit amid an ongoing investigation in the U.S. into possible Trump campaign collusion with Russia.

But even the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, appears anxious about how Trump will behave at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit and in the one-on-one meeting with Putin.

Some diplomats fear the president will threaten to pull troops out of Europe without more spending on defense, despite US denials. The summit also will offer Putin a chance to try to persuade Trump to lift some of the sanctions imposed on Russian Federation over its 2014 annexation of Crimea, its support for separatists fighting the government in eastern Ukraine and its alleged meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election.

"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.


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