Trump to meet Vladimir Putin

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The first signs of this nervousness took place with President Trump's speech in Montana this week. He fails to grasp that not all sacred cows should be butchered.

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. They're also in violation of the very important INF treaty with the United States.

Given Putin's nuclear arsenal and "very aggressive" posture, Trump should sit down with Putin in Helsinki on July 16, according to him. "This is not fair, nor is it acceptable", he said. However, many members pitch in far less than that figure, while the USA puts in more than 3 percent of its GDP.

Does it really? In Trump's zero-sum mind-set, perhaps, but not in the real world.

The Nato alliance is in a state of high tension heading into the Brussels summit. "The United States is not going to take care of everything", Trump said at a rally last week. On Putin's wish list: an end to USA military exercises in Europe and the scaling back of US forces there. This is not only $4.7 billion more than Germany is slated to spend on its army in 2018, but it also exceeds previously proposed increase for 2019 by $785 million.

But, given a general wariness towards Russian Federation among American voters and Congressional lawmakers, Trump is unlikely to concede too much to Putin, said Michaels.

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"So what do you think I should do about North Korea?"

"He'll play the long game on this, he'll see this as an investment, as one step down the road toward an. easing of outside pressure", said Bill Burns, a former US ambassador to Russian Federation and deputy secretary of state involved in some of George W. Bush and Barack Obama's summits with Putin.

Much of the rest of Trump's foreign policy is equally freaky.

He added that the two presidents were maintaining close contacts even though they would not meet on the sidelines of the World Cup. He is trying to establish a working relationship with the Russian leader.

"Russia should be in this meeting", Trump said in June. Most participants in the poll (62%) believe that Putin's chief objective during the negotiations would be resolving bilateral issues, while Trump would try to strengthen the United States' position (71%).

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