Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

United Kingdom in turmoil, President Donald Trump says ahead of visit

United Kingdom in turmoil, President Donald Trump says ahead of visit

Trump departs Tuesday on a four-nation tour amid simmering disputes over trade and military spending with fellow Western democracies and speculation about whether he will rebuke or embrace Russian President Vladimir Putin. "But above all when you meet President Putin in Helsinki", he said. In 2014, Russia's membership in what was formerly the G8 was revoked after it annexed Crimea. And It is not to sugarcoat Trump's gross failure to understand that U.S. power and influence in the world, essential underpinnings of his desire to put "American first", demand that the United States also work effectively with other countries, especially its allies and partners around the world.

"Dear America, appreciate your allies, after all you don't have that many. Very supportive. And maybe we'll speak to him when I get over there". "Totally prepared. I've been preparing for this stuff my whole life".

Answering a reporter's question over whether May would stay in power, Trump said as he set off on a trip to Europe, "That's up to the people". Frankly, Putin may be the easiest of all'. Trump declined to go with either option, calling Putin a "competitor" instead. "We spend on defense much more than Russian Federation and as much as China", Tusk wrote. Separately, doubts about Trump's commitment to European security have pushed EU leaders to boost defense cooperation.

Separately, the USA envoy said she's concerned that Russian Federation is trying to "flip" Turkey and other American allies to its column.

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"We've had falling outs over Libya, Iraq in 2003, but it's qualitatively different in that the biggest of the allies doesn't just have disagreements with us, but actually seems willing to walk away", Valasek said.

Although administration officials point to the long-standing alliance between the United States and the United Kingdom, Trump's itinerary will largely keep him out of central London, where significant protests are expected.

The iconic visual from the military alliance's 2017 summit was Trump shoving aside the prime minister of new member Montenegro, Dusko Markovic, to get in front of the pack for a group photo.

Asked about Boris Johnson's resignation, Trump added: "Boris Johnson is a friend of mine. And to say that Putin is a friendlier, easier meeting than with our oldest allies in the world is simply jaw-dropping".

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This disdain for USA allies is essentially the beating heart of much of Trump's foreign policy, it seems.

Following the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, the President will travel to London for a four-day "working visit" that will include tea with the Queen, bilateral talks with May at her country house retreat and golf in Scotland. Trump has dismissed those probes as nothing but a "witch hunt".

The meeting will be closely watched to see whether Mr. Trump will rebuke or embrace Putin, who has repeatedly denied the allegations of election meddling, in spite of evidence to the contrary. He also let USA defense spending fall.

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