NATO Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison: Trump to "encourage" Putin to change behavior

Posted July 10, 2018

With the established global order on shaky footing, President Donald Trump's weeklong trip to Europe will test already strained bonds with some of the United States' closest allies, then put him face to face with the leader of the country whose electoral interference was meant to help put him in office. He also tweeted harsh words about the host of the summit, the prime minister of Canada, after his departure from Canada, and refused to sign a joint statement.

Last spring the president opened the building at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit dominated by his public questioning of the alliance's burden on America. The leaders will convene on Wednesday and Thursday.

I'm confident that we can eventually fix the damage President Trump is doing to the nation. "That's not two percent". He particularly targeted the German government for failing to adopt this.

Trump also said while the United States dedicates the bulk of the funding to the 69-year-old organization, Europe gets a lot more out of it than America.

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"He'll play the long game on this, he'll see this as an investment, as one step down the road toward an. easing of outside pressure", said Bill Burns, a former USA ambassador to Russian Federation and deputy secretary of state involved in some of George W. Bush and Barack Obama's summits with Putin.

A second round of such behaviour will solidify the view in Europe that the president is irredeemable as a reliable partner, leading to one of the deepest crises in the alliance's 70-year existence. But it is not the only problem.

Hutchison said the USA would continue to "stand behind" the Ukrainian people when asked about Mr. Trump's recent comments about the Russian annexation of Crimea. So far to try to change the behavior of President Trump through effective communication has failed to produce results. Good job Mr. Trump! "Only Trump has billed the summit as such as a success", said Beyer, a member of Merkel's Christian Democrats. The Mueller investigation and the rumors about some members of the Trump campaign's relations with Russian Federation have been closely followed by public opinion. Putin's aggressive foreign policy is a threat to both us and our allies.

"It's clear, if you look at the facts, the Trump administration has put sanctions on Russian Federation".

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"It's not us", Putin has told Trump, the official summarized.

In the past few weeks, Trump has sent sharply worded letters to the leaders of several European countries, including Germany, Italy and Norway, as well as to Canada, urging increased defense spending and warning that the US was losing patience.

While it is in no one's interest to stumble backward into a Cold War, the huge political disconnect between Trump's dislike of Nato's democratic leaders and his frequently expressed admiration for the authoritarian Putin is an enormous discontinuity for the alliance.

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