Trump spoke to reporters earlier than leaving for the NATO summit in Brussels, the primary cease on his journey. He then plans to journey to the UK the place he’ll maintain talks with Prime Minister Theresa Might and meet with Queen Elizabeth II. Trump could have his first standalone summit with Putin in Helsinki, Finland, Monday.
“I’ve NATO. I’ve the UK, which is in considerably turmoil. And I’ve Putin. Frankly, Putin will be the best of all of them,” Trump stated Tuesday. “Who would suppose?”
Later, when requested if he sees Putin as a pal or a foe, Trump stated he sees the Russian chief as a “competitor.”
“I actually cannot say proper now. So far as I am involved, a competitor. A competitor,” Trump stated. “I believe that getting together with Russia, getting together with China is an efficient factor, getting together with others is an efficient factor. It is not a foul factor, I’ve stated that many occasions.”
Forward of his anticipated one-on-one with Putin, Trump has been railing towards US allies, arguing that the US has been “taken benefit” of by NATO.
“We do have a number of allies, however we can’t be taken benefit of. We’re being taken benefit of by the European Union,” Trump stated, including that US NATO spending “helps them much more than it helps us.”