North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders hope to 'avert disaster' amid concern Trump may undermine alliance

This week’s summit in Brussels could expose cracks in the Nato alliance

Trump had said before leaving Washington that his meeting in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin next Monday "may be the easiest" part of his upcoming European tour, which also includes a trip to Britain, where the government is in crisis over Brexit.

"I have the United Kingdom, which is in somewhat turmoil, and I have Putin", Trump said.

The European Council President said: "I would like to address President Trump, directly, who has been criticising Europe nearly daily".

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

"I'd like to hear someone say that's a bad idea". "As far as I'm concerned, a competitor, a competitor", he said.

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The boys remain in quarantine but some of their parents have been able to see their children through the glass. He said two of them possibly have a lung infection but all eight are generally "healthy and smiling".

Mr Trump said he had not spoken with Mrs May, adding: "Boris Johnson is a friend of mine". "I think that getting along with Russian Federation, getting along with China, getting along with others, is a good thing, not a bad thing".

NATO's European allies have spent more on defense for a second consecutive year in 2017, but the majority of them still failed to meet the target of spending two percent of their GDP on defense.

"NATO benefits Europe far more than it does the U.S.", Trump claimed.

European Union President Donald Tusk on Tuesday delivered a strongly worded statement directed at President Donald Trump amid his ongoing criticism of NATO: "Appreciate your allies". Trump is expected to participate in a one-on-one meeting with Putin in Finland next week.

On Tuesday, the alliance said seven out of 27 European members were on track to meet the two percent spending target: Britain, Greece, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Lithuania and Romania.

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That he had lost the chance to be the first driver to win his home race five times in a row was galling enough. Vettel and Raikkonen were brought into the pits at once, which ensured they were back on track on fresh tyres.

Hodges said Europe needed more German trains than German tanks because the capability of transporting the armed forces was vital at present.

The president touted that the USA lost $151 billion previous year on trade and slapped tariffs on other countries in an effort towards free and fair trade.

He added: "NATO countries must pay MORE, the United States must pay LESS".

The searing criticism came as Trump plans to fly to Brussels later Tuesday, vowing to punish North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies for their failures to live up to their defense spending commitments.

The European Union is the top export market for the United States at $501 billion in goods and services in 2016, the latest available figures provided by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. He has often been criticized for being too soft on Putin, whom many view as a repressive leader and enemy of the US.

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Divers have brought the boys "food, electrolyte drinks, drinking water, medicine and oxygen canisters", the AP reports. In addition to treatment areas, the hospital will also provide reunion rooms for the young boys and their families.

In a conference call with reporters July 10, the USA ambassador to NATO, Kay Bailey Hutchinson, tried to allay concerns among allies the United States was backing away from NATO, or from the alliance treaty's Article 5, which stipulates that an attack on one member is considered an attack on all. "Charge us big Tariffs (& Barriers)!"

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