President Trump, you need North Atlantic Treaty Organisation more than ever

People walk outside the entrance of the new NATO headquarters in Brussels

European Council President Donald Tusk tells US President Donald Trump to stop berating North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies over military investment levels, on the eve of an alliance summit.

"It's going to be an interesting time in the United Kingdom and it's certainly going to be an interesting time with NATO", Trump told reporters at the White House.

Johnson's resignation on Monday came only hours after Brexit minister David Davis also quit May's government in protest at her plan for leaving the European Union.

"Certainly, the president has been very plainspoken about asking our allies to do more", Hutchison said from Brussels, noting that other former presidents, including Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, did the same. "And dear Europe, spend more on your defense, because everybody expects an ally that is well-prepared and equipped".

They agreed to be "guided" by "considerations" to spend 2 percent of GDP on defense by 2024.

"The challenge for any leaders - especially the way he's criticized people like Chancellor [Angela] Merkel of Germany or Prime Minister [Justin] Trudeau of Canada - is that they can't look like they're doing what they're doing because he's bullying them", said Goldgeier. In Mr Comey's experience Mr Trump was a leader who demanded loyalty oaths, wanted absolute control, traded in lies and insisted on an us-versus-them worldview.

The EU Council leader said pointedly that when Mr Trump did meet Mr Putin on 16 July "it is always worth knowing who is your strategic friend and who is your strategic problem".

Trump has shown little regard for America's traditional bonds with the Old World, publicly upbraiding world leaders at NATO's new headquarters a year ago for not spending enough on defense and delivering searing indictments of Western trading partners last month at an global summit in Canada.

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Backing away from United States global responsibilities, shared with other countries, would require not just that Trump use the powers conferred on the presidency.

"Well, we do have a lot of allies", he told reporters before boarding Marine One.

"I really can't say right now".

"Dear America, appreciate your allies", Tusk said.

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. Who would think! Who would think.

"The U.S.is spending many times more than any other country in order to protect them".

"If we all speak with the same voice and say you can come into the community of nations, you can be a major player for good - but not when you're violating your commitments, violating treaties, going into a sovereign nation and trying to kill a citizen as happened in United Kingdom.,' she said, referencing the Novichok attack in Britain".

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