Asked by a host if she can reassure the allies that President Trump will not agree to recognize Crimea as part of Russian Federation when he meets privately with Vladimir Putin, the U.S. Ambassador said: "Our alliance is very solid and including all of the efforts that the United States is making to shore up the sovereignty of the Ukraine. 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. As it may be recalled in the last few months the very high level summit between Trump and Macron and between Trump and Merkel failed to change the mind of President Trump in regards to the plans of imposing tariffs on goods from Europe.
- Weaken the strong relation between the USA and our European allies. "I don't know how much protection we get from protecting you". I would urge other (Nato members) to work towards that'.
Trump has long admired Putin, and believes the U.S. and Russian Federation can be allies, according to multiple reports on his attitude toward Putin and his regime.
NATO, which was founded soon after World War II to counter the influence of the Soviet Union, officially suspended all cooperation with Russian Federation after Putin seized Crimea in 2014.
Speaking with Russian President Vladimir Putin last March, President Donald Trump criticized his own aides who had tried to prevent the phone call from taking place, according to a report from the New York Times.
On Crimea: Trump has increased the US military presence in Europe after the "annexation illegally of Crimea by Russia", Hutchison said.
As many as 33% of those surveyed said they had positive expectations from the summit, while one percent said that, the outcome of the highly-talked about event would be negative for Russian Federation.
In a June 27 update on spending, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation said: "Today, the volume of the U.S. defence expenditure effectively represents some 67 per cent of the defence spending of the Alliance as a whole". They are not supposed to be building ballistic missiles at an intermediate range but they are and we know they are.
This disdain for USA allies is essentially the beating heart of much of Trump's foreign policy, it seems. Allies are braced for a barrage of invective from Trump for not spending enough on defence, and are apprehensive that his often skeptical tone on the alliance that has underpinned European security for 70 years might turn into outright hostility.
Much of the rest of Trump's foreign policy is equally weird.