Donald Trump may meet his 'friend' Boris Johnson during UK visit

Wednesday, 11 Jul, 2018

Speaking about solidarity, I want to dispel the American President's argument, which says that the U.S. alone protects Europe against our enemies, and that the United States is nearly alone in this struggle.

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.

Johnson has changed his tune on Trump since the pair clashed in 2015 when the then Presidential candidate claimed London had "no go" areas where Islamist radicals were dominant.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told Politico EU's Confidential podcast this month that he expects eight nations will cross the 2 percent threshold in 2018, which he said was up from three countries in 2014.

"Getting ready to leave for Europe".

But it depends on the validity of several assumptions, most important being that Trump is totally unaware of U.S. interests in Europe and the world in general, doesn't care, or is so besotted with Putin as to come perilously close to committing treason. "After all, you don't have that many".

At the same time, he declared that "Putin is fine" and that he had been preparing for their summit "all my life".

Experts fear the trip could produce a repeat of the dynamics from Trump's last trip overseas, when he admonished G-7 allied nations at a summit in Canada before heading to Singapore, where he showered praise on one of America's longest-standing adversaries, North Korea's Kim Jong-un.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman said he hoped Mr Trump would have a positive image of Britain following his visit this week after Mr Trump's remarks on the UK's "turmoil".

James Comey, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, said of Donald Trump that he bore more resemblance to a mob boss than a democratic politician.

"Well, we do have a lot of allies but we can not be taken advantage of, we are being taken advantage of by the European Union", he said.

Trump, who said he has not spoken with May since the resignations, described Johnson as a "friend of mine" and said he might speak with him during the trip.

During his first meeting at the group's headquarters in Brussels a year ago, Trump suggested that members who haven't been paying their fair share should be required to pay back dues.

"Many countries in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, which we are expected to defend, are not only short of their current commitment of 2% (which is low), but are also delinquent for many years in payments that have not been made", Trump tweeted.

Trump will meet the Russian leader in the Finnish capital on July 16 for their first summit amid an ongoing investigation in the United States into possible Trump campaign collusion with Russia. "A competitor", the president said. Most allies need to spend more on defense. The Nato secretary general should explain to the president how the United States benefits from Nato.

The meeting will be closely watched to see whether Trump will rebuke or embrace Putin, who has repeatedly denied the allegations of election meddling, in spite of evidence to the contrary.