European Council President Donald Tusk has a stern warning for Trump
"Dear America, appreciate your allies," European Council President Donald Tusk said. "After all, you don't have that many."
He also shared a similar sentiment in Trump's favorite forum, Twitter:
Dear @realDonaldTrump. US doesn't have and won't have a better ally than EU. We spend on defense much more than Russia and as much as China. I hope you have no doubt this is an investment in our security, which cannot be said with confidence about Russian & Chinese spending :-)— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) July 10, 2018
Trump has slammed Europe on trade and criticized NATO partners for not paying enough for defense, targeting both Tuesday in a tweetstorm:
Getting ready to leave for Europe. First meeting - NATO. The U.S. is spending many times more than any other country in order to protect them. Not fair to the U.S. taxpayer. On top of that we lose $151 Billion on Trade with the European Union. Charge us big Tariffs (& Barriers)!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2018
NATO countries must pay MORE, the United States must pay LESS. Very Unfair!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2018
Many countries in NATO, which we are expected to defend, are not only short of their current commitment of 2% (which is low), but are also delinquent for many years in payments that have not been made. Will they reimburse the U.S.?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2018
The European Union makes it impossible for our farmers and workers and companies to do business in Europe (U.S. has a $151 Billion trade deficit), and then they want us to happily defend them through NATO, and nicely pay for it. Just doesn't work!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2018
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.