Trump Lashes NATO Allies As He Lands For Tense Summit
President Donald Trump has told NATO allies to reimburse the United States for defense costs as he landed for the alliance’s most difficult summit in years.
Trump touched down in Brussels aboard air force one hot on the heels of a stern warning from the EU’s top official that America should “appreciate” its allies.
The leaders of the other 28 members of the NATO alliance are hoping for a show of unity despite stark transatlantic tensions on a host of issues, most notably trump’s repeated invective against Europe over defense spending.
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.