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Trump gears up for meeting with "competitor" Putin after rocky North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit

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Ginger Lawrence | 13 July, 2018, 14:58

Trump suggests he forced a great shift in the space of the past two days.

EU President Donald Tusk stepped up to the fight with his own salvo against Trump on Tuesday, telling him to "appreciate your allies" and reminding him Washington that Europe had come to its aid following the 9/11 attacks.

Trump and other United States presidents before him have pressed European leaders to spend more on defense to contribute to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, but Trump has consistently pressed an accelerated timeline. "Because most of the time you're not sitting next to the president of the United States".

After a tense first day, Trump didn't ease up on the second.

"I made clear that we know that we have to do more and that we have been doing so for quite a while", said German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

To Trump, this makes no sense.

He also said meeting the queen would be an experience Trump "will really cherish".

The Guardian leads with a future trade deal between the United Kingdom and the U.S., with the paper reporting that efforts to secure an agreement will be stepped up todya. "Are we contributing the kinds of resources and demonstrating the kind of commitment to the alliance that always needs to be there?"

Must pay 2 per cent of GDP IMMEDIATELY, not by 2025. Doc seems to agree with our president that the getting the short end of the deal by spending significantly more on defense than our allies. "I think 4 percent is the right number".

"There is a communique that was published yesterday; it's very detailed", Macron said.

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"That is all", Macron said. "It confirms the goal of 2% by 2024".

At the press conference on Thursday, a Croatian reporter dared ask if Trump would change his mind once he leaves Brussels for London.

The Brexit plans lead the Financial Times, with the City calling them a "real blow".

In addition, Wallace said he will ask the Russian president about the summit with Trump and where the two sides stand on contentious issues like NATO, Syria and Ukraine. But Nato sources, speaking to Reuters, said he had denied making such a threat.

German Chancellor Merkel hit back immediately, not only denying Trump's contention but suggesting that his comfortable upbringing in the USA gave him no standing to spout off on the world stage about Germany.

Hence the question: If Trump does not get his way and the allies hold to their previous schedule of defense commitments, what does he do? "I don't know that is what they voted for". Tens of thousands of people are likely to protest in the British capital on Friday, while Trump is outside the city at May's country residence Chequers, before visiting Windsor to meet the Queen.

There, while on board Air Force 1, he used his Twitter feed to rescind his support of a joint communique and slam Trudeau personally after hearing the prime minister repeat Canada's insistence it would defend itself from USA aggression on trade.

Trump's trip to Britain will test the bonds of the USA and U.K.'s special relationship.

"The clear message from President Trump is having an impact", he said.