Trump describes Putin as ‘competitor’ ahead of Helsinki summit

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U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday acknowledged that his upcoming visit with British Prime Minister Theresa May comes during a time of "turmoil" in her country and said it was up to the British people to decide whether May remains in power.

"I'm going to tell NATO: You've got to start paying your bills".

"I think that getting along with Russian Federation, getting along with China, getting along with others is a good thing, not a bad thing", Trump said. Putin reportedly has been telling Trump that "fake news" and the "deep state" are conspiring against them. "Who would think?" he told reporters. "Who would think? But the United Kingdom certainly - they certainly have a lot of things going on".

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".

"He's been very, very supportive and very nice to me".

European Council President Donald Tusk said on Tuesday in a message to Trump that "it is always worth knowing who is your strategic friend and who is your strategic problem".

President Trump stressed he intends to remodel the U.S. The 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. Not fair to the USA taxpayer.

At a reception in June celebrating 100 years of American and European partnership in Brussels, Washington's top diplomat to the European Union, Adam Shub, sought to highlight common ground, even on issues such as trade and Iran. "Charge us big Tariffs (& Barriers)!" he wrote on Twitter.

Prior U.S. administrations have pressed Europe to invest more in its defense, but the matter has typically been handled by other officials in the government, said Ted Bromund, a senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation.

"We do have a lot of allies, but we can not be taken advantage of". The increase has been ongoing since 2014, when Russian Federation invaded Crimea, but the allies signaled they would be happy to let Trump claim credit. The fullest possible involvement in our activities of EU Member States that are not North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members will be encouraged and facilitated in an all-inclusive, non-discriminatory manner, without any artificial obstacles.

Tusk also dismissed the USA president's accusation that "the United States alone protects Europe against its enemies and the U.S. is nearly alone in this struggle". The deficit actually $101 billion.

Speaking about his European trip, Trump said his sitdown with Putin might be "easiest" of all the meetings.

With French and German officials urging member states to paper over their differences, EU President Donald Tusk delivered a blunt message to Trump yesterday, telling him "the USA doesn't have and won't have a better ally than the EU".