German Officials, Trump Exchange Criticism Ahead Of NATO Summit

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President Donald Trump and his USA delegation intend to raise the issues of arms control, Ukraine, Syria and election meddling during their meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a senior administration told reporters Thursday. They have met just twice before, on the sidelines previous year - the G20 summit in July and the APEC conference in Vietnam four months later.

European leaders are reportedly nervous that President Donald Trump will make good on his campaign promise to withdraw US troops from the continent if host countries fail to pay their fair share for defense. In addition, Bolton said that he was talking with Putin about the Crimea, stressing that the United States position in respect of ownership of the Crimea remained unchanged.

The administration official also noted that trump believes that the meeting with Putin in the interests of the United States.

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"At a time when the trans-Atlantic relationship between Europe and the U.S.is under a lot of pressure over disagreements on Iran and trade, NATO is really at the core of this relationship and will Trump - by basically criticizing the Europeans and conditioning American support - bring more disunity within the alliance", said Erik Brattberg, director of the Carnegie Endowment's Europe program who is in touch with a few diplomats who are concerned about Trump's possible reduction of troops. He wrote the leaders of Denmark, Norway, Canada and Germany last month to ratchet up the pressure, saying "the United States is increasingly unwilling to ignore the European failure to meet shared security commitments".

U.S. President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin will meet on July 16 in Poland's Helsinki to discuss bilateral relations.

"We're entering with our eyes wide open, but peace is always worth the effort", Huntsman said.

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Beyer, in unusually frank remarks, told the media group that Trump's recent summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore has fueled concerns that Trump would let Putin "put one over on him" in Helsinki. But when asked a second time, the official said Trump is not expected to threaten troop withdrawals in Germany or elsewhere.

Trump has denied that his campaign colluded with Russian Federation and has repeated that Putin has denied involvement in the USA electoral process.

"Everyone in our alliance has the same goal, and that is a strong deterrent; an alliance that is unified that can face any threats that any one of our 29 members might face", she said, listing "Russia and the malign activities of Russian Federation, the efforts of Russian Federation to divide our Democratic nations" and INF treaty violations as among those threats.

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The summit also will include a bilateral meeting and a working lunch between Mr. Trump and Mr. Putin. "We all talk about it a little differently", he said, "but the president has talked about it in his own way".

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