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As Trump slams North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, ambassador says Europeans are 'stepping up' on funding

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A US Army soldier from NATO and an Afghan policeman are seen at a checkpoint during a patrol against Islamic State militants at the Deh Bala district in eastern Nangarhar province in Afghanistan

And he described as "stupid people" the unnamed Trump administration officials whom the Russian president said had tried to prevent the call from happening, according to a person with direct knowledge of the conversation. But the nations are "stepping up", even if they haven't yet reached their target contribution to the military alliance, U.S. Ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison told PBS NewsHour anchor Judy Woodruff on Monday. Buried in the Post's article, mostly about Trump's relationship with American allies, are two incredibly troubling paragraphs, based off of claims made by senior White House officials. "In fact, Putin went as far as telling the President that the 'deep state" is conspiring against them both.

"I really can't say right now".

Trump, who has compared the sentiment that underpinned the Brexit vote to leave the European Union to his own election, will be making his maiden presidential trip to Britain at a fraught time for May.

He told Mr. Putin that Russian Federation and the United States should get along better.

Speaking about his European trip, Trump said his sitdown with Putin might be "easiest" of all the meetings. When we take cases to the WTO, we win about 90 percent of them.

"Getting ready to leave for Europe".

While some have chosen to criticise the President for taking the alliance to task, behind Trump's comments are the raw figures that show the vast majority of NATO nations do not pay the two per cent of GDP on defence minimum required by mutually-ratified treaty and have not done for many years. We're being taken advantage of by the European Union. "Not fair to the USA taxpayer", Trump tweeted earlier in the morning, calling the situation "Very Unfair!"

"Vladimir Putin, to say that he's a competitor, to say it's too early to say what his intentions are, we have plenty of documentation", Avlon said.

"Nobody in Europe can understand why in the world the president would pick fights with his allies here with those who need to be with us when we confront China", he added.

"It will become increasingly hard to justify to American citizens why some countries continue to fail to meet our shared collective security commitments", Trump said in a letter addressed to Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg seen by Bloomberg News.

Some diplomats fear that Trump will threaten to pull troops out of Europe without more spending on defense, despite US denials.

"Dear @realDonaldTrump. US doesn't have and won't have a better ally than EU".

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