President Donald Trump and his U.S. 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. Reminding everyone that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders are to meet Donald Trump in Brussels next week, Farage warned that the establishment of "parallel" military structures in Europe will eventually spur a conflict with Washington and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.
While noting that "we need to do more" on defense spending, Hutchison noted that more than half of NATO's members were on track to achieve the target set by the alliance of 2 percent of gross domestic product spent on defense by 2024.
Kay Bailey Hutchison, the US representative to NATO, said the major theme of the NATO summit would be the trans-Atlantic alliance's "strength and unity", despite repeated criticisms by Trump of alliance members who have yet to meet a commitment to boost their defense spending.
Trump and Putin will meet July 16 in Helsinki, Finland, for their first official summit. "The United States is not going to take care of everything, '" Trump told his supporters in Montana, broadcast live on CSPAN.
"Germany, which is the biggest country of the EU, European Union, Germany pays 1 percent, 1 percent", Trump said.
Asked about possible concrete outcomes from Trump's meeting with Putin, Huntsman said that "the fact that we're having a summit at this level, at this time in history, is a deliverable in itself", he said, although "I don't exclude that there will be some concrete agreement". He referred to Chancellor Angela Merkel, saying: "And I said, 'You know, Angela, I can't guarantee it, but we're protecting you and it means a lot more to you than protecting us 'cause I don't know how much protection we get by protecting you".
Jon Huntsman Jr., U.S. ambassador to Russian Federation, said U.S. officials have repeatedly confronted Russian Federation about election hacking and said Trump wants to improve relations, but won't let Putin off the hook.
"You can't solve problems if you are not talking about them", he said. "Went just like a rocket ship", he said.
She said she expected unanimous agreement among NATO's 29 members on proposals to reform the alliance command structure, increase readiness for possible threats from Russian Federation on NATO's eastern flank, add a new training mission for Iraq and increase counterterrorism efforts in Afghanistan.
"The president [Trump] hopes the meeting will help reduce tensions and meet the constructive engagement that approves peace and security of our world", Huntsman said. "Totally prepared. I've been preparing for this stuff my whole life", Trump said.