Kay Bailey Hutchison says North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members 'making progress' on increasing defense spending

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The fear is not only that Mr. Trump will spoil the "unity" of the summit with harangues before flying to Helsinki for a far friendlier meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. "Change is Coming!" Trump said on Twitter in June in posts that specifically called out Germany. Still, Chancellor Angela Merkel, in a weekly podcast on Saturday, said Germany would increase defense spending in its 2019 budget, suggesting Trump's jawboning is paying off. The march organizers oppose more military spending.

Last month, a G-7 meeting in Canada turned sour when Trump disparaged allies and refused to sign a joint statement.

Erik Brattberg of the Carnegie Endowment's Europe program, anxious that criticizing Europeans weakens alliances and provides "new opportunities for countries like Russian Federation to take advantage of that". Thousands more rotate into other European countries temporarily.

Trump has already met with Putin twice as president, including a meeting on the sidelines of a summit in Germany that stretched for more than two hours.

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

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The Trump administration has been supportive of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and European countries at a tactical level - actions generally credited to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. Estimated 2017 defense spending as a percentage of GDP was 1.2% in Germany, Europe's biggest economy. That's in direct contradiction of NATO's pledge that an attack against one member is considered an attack against all of them.

The ties between the USA and many of its longest-standing allies have frayed since Trump took office and put his "America first" agenda into practice. The allies committed to devote 2 percent of GDP to defense by 2024, and the number of member states on track to achieve that has grown from five to 16 since previous year, according to the State Department. "I'm not going to get ahead of any announcement or any action he could potentially take, but as you guys know, he's shown some frustration there on the financial burden that the United States unfairly is forced to bear, and he wants changes", White House spokesman Hogan Gidley told reporters this week.

Flake mentioned in particular the controversial decision by Trump to suspend military exercises in South Korea after Trump's meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un - "or a commitment to remove troops from certain countries".

European leaders are reportedly nervous that President Donald Trump will make good on his campaign promise to withdraw USA troops from the continent if host countries fail to pay their fair share for defense.

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