European Council president warns Trump about lack of U.S. allies

European Council president warns Trump about lack of U.S. allies

Analyst Karlijn Jans of the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies said there have been numerous governmental and independent reports "talking about the dire state of especially European militaries - in terms of how they're able to deploy, if they can work together in the battlefield, communicate with each other".

"I really can't say right now. He'd go in bloody hard", Johnson said. "I think we'll see more and more countries developing relationships that they think will benefit them in an era when they can't count on the United States the way they used to", said Goldgeier. "I get along with her very well. I don't know how much protection we get from protecting you".

Labour MP Alison McGovern told HuffPost: "These frankly shocking comments show even more why it's a good thing that Boris Johnson is no longer in his job".

Of the divisions and tensions likely to be in attendance at the Brussels meeting, he conceded that "there are disagreements and different views, and I expect actually also honest and frank discussions during the summit". The most high-profile departure so far was that of Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who quit the government Monday while criticizing May's plan for a "soft" Brexit that would retain a close relationship with the European Union, saying the proposal would reduce Britain to the "status of a colony".

Donald Trump has risked a diplomatic spat by refusing to back embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May.

May plans to roll out the red carpet for Trump and first lady Melania Trump at a gala supper Thursday at Blenheim Palace, former prime minister Winston's Churchill's boyhood home, and at a luncheon Friday at Chequers, the prime minister's country estate.


Widespread protests are planned across the UK. Mr. Trump tweeted early Monday. "Charge us big Tariffs (& Barriers)!" he wrote on Twitter.

The president declined to criticize the longtime USA adversary even as he offered more criticism for European allies, digging in on his hardline position on trade and reiterating his complaints about unequal burden-sharing among North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partners paying into the alliance.

NATO is keen to damp down trans-Atlantic differences during the two-day summit at its Brussels headquarters, despite divisions among the alliance's 29 members over Trump's policies on trade and his decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and an worldwide climate agreement.

"We do have a lot of allies, but we can't be taken advantage of", he said. "Europe far more than it does the U.S".

As Trump's arrival approached, European Council President Donald Tusk warned him to stop criticizing its trading and military partners.

The U.S. Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis website says that the European Union had a trade in goods surplus with the U.S.in 2017 of US$151.4 billion - not million.

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