NATO Braces for Trump Visit, But Fears May Be Overplayed

NATO Braces For Trump, White House Says Business As Usual

"Prior presidents saw America's allies as enhancing US power and really enabling the United States in being the global leader that it has been for so long, especially compared to China and Russian Federation, which have very few allies", said Goldgeier. US officials said the two sides this time would be discussing Russian election meddling, Russia's incursions in the Ukraine and involvement in Syria.

"He is going to understand that playing to ego is a smart thing to do", Burns added.

"When Putin will deny any involvement in the elections in 2016, the reject denial challenge".

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders are due to arrive at the alliance's shiny new headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday bracing for what could be yet another bruising encounter with President Donald Trump. There were, and still are, allegations Putin had helped Trump get elected.

"President Trump spent most of his life not working on foreign policy".

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At the G20 summit in Germany a year ago, Trump and Putin and spoke privately for over two hours accompanied only by translators, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. "By virtue of what they've done with their lives, he's behind and he needs to prepare".

"The main concern is he will spend much of the time berating them on not spending enough on defense" before having "a love fest with Putin, like he did with Chairman Kim", Goldgeier said. "But he's effective when he tells those stories". Last month, a dour Trump stomped through the G7 summit in Canada, suggesting Russian Federation be readmitted to the elite economic group, despite having been expelled for invading neighboring Ukraine and annexing Crimea. "And it is a big- it's a big part of our deterrence effort to keep them from taking over sovereign nations as they did in the Ukraine when they took Crimea in 2014", she told CBS News.

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"He is too volatile.Within 24 hours, Mr. Trump can change his position by 180 degrees", said Lindner, although he warned against growing anti-American sentiments in Germany given that the United States was and would remain Germany's closest ally.

Trump had also invited Putin to the White House, which would be the first such visit since 2005, Kremlin aide Yury Ushakov said to Russian journalists in April.

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