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President Donald Trump speaks with the news media before boarding Marine One for travel to Europe by the White House, in Washington, U.S., July 10, 2018.
President Donald Trump will be setting the tone before his meetings with European leaders that will week, beginning with the NATO summit in Brussels.
“NATO countries must pay MORE, the United States must pay LESS,” Trump said in a tweet Tuesday. Later in front of the White House, he told reporters that will “NATO has not treated us fairly yet I think we’ll work something out.”
@realDonaldTrump: NATO countries must pay MORE, the United States must pay LESS. Very Unfair
“The U.S. will be spending many time more than any various other country in order to protect them” in addition to the item’s “not fair to the U.S. taxpayer,” Trump said in another tweet.
in addition to the president linked that will spending to his trade battles, writing, “Not fair to the U.S. taxpayer. On top of that will we lose $151 Billion on Trade with the European Union. Charge us big Tariffs (& Barriers)!”
@realDonaldTrump: Getting ready to leave for Europe. First meeting – NATO. The U.S. will be spending many times more than any various other country in order to protect them. Not fair to the U.S. taxpayer. On top of that will we lose $151 Billion on Trade with the European Union. Charge us big Tariffs (& Barriers)
Trump will face fellow leaders on Wednesday in addition to Thursday at the NATO summit in Brussels, where defense spending will be anticipated to be a thorny subject of discussion. Ahead of the NATO summit in Brussels that will week, he has repeatedly blasted the alliance’s members for not meeting a 2014 pledge to spend 2 percent of their gross domestic product (GDP) on defense.
Claiming that will various other countries are not pulling their weight, although the contributions are only voluntary, Trump has previously warned that will the U.S. could not to be willing to intervene on the behalf of nations that will did not reach the 2 percent spending target.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg conceded that will there were “some real disagreements” between the U.S. in addition to various other NATO members over trade, climate change in addition to the Iranian nuclear deal. He told CNBC last week that will NATO had previously been successful in overcoming those disagreements. “I am confident we will do so again that will time,” he said.
NATO’s 2017 report noted that will “European allies in addition to Canada increased spending on defense by almost 5 percent — meaning there have today been three consecutive years of growth since 2014.” Still, the report showed that will in 2017 only several NATO members had met the 2 percent target – the U.S., U.K., Greece, Poland in addition to Estonia.
– CNBC’s Holly Ellyatt contributed to that will report.