Smaller countries, the Russian leader will posit, only get in the way of a brighter future together. In the last few months, the Trump administration has taken repeated concrete steps to damage European and global institutions and specific European governments.
Allies are braced for a barrage of invective from Trump for not spending enough on defense, and are apprehensive that his often skeptical tone on the alliance that has underpinned European security for 70 years might turn into outright hostility. "This is not fair, nor is it acceptable", Trump tweeted Monday morning, previewing his message in Brussels. "Vladimir Putin happens to run one of the most powerful countries on Earth", Giuliani told NBC's "Meet the Press". "But I am concerned, and I know there is concern across Europe, about what might be promised".
At the same time, he declared that "Putin is fine" and that he had been preparing for their summit "all my life". "I'm really happy that we made it to the quarters for the first time in history", said Artyom Osadchy, a student.
"He has this general view that America's allies have been taking advantage of it, and that all of these arrangements are what he likes to call 'bad deals.' Apparently at the G7 summit, he told our partners that NATO was as bad as NAFTA", said Goldgeier, referring to the North American Free Trade Agreement Trump wants to terminate. "European Union, Germany pays 1 percent", Trump said Thursday.
Administration officials have also said that subjects discussed with Putin would include Syria, where the administration is looking for a political settlement that would allow the withdrawal of US troops there. Trump has given plenty of advance warning of his line of attack, with letters dispatched to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders who don't yet meet the target of 2 per cent of gross domestic product.
Although administration officials point to the long-standing alliance between the United States and the United Kingdom, Trump's itinerary will largely keep him out of central London, where significant protests are expected. Trump also rejected the joint communique signed by leaders at the conclusion of the meeting, launching personal attacks against Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the process. Such a foundation should be laid by the two great powers, Russian Federation and the United States, led by their two great current leaders.
"The president was willing to offer concessions to Kim without getting anything specific or concrete in return", said Jeffrey Rathke, deputy director of the Europe Program at the nonpartisan Center for Strategic and International Studies.
"He has to sit down with Vladimir Putin". That would strengthen Putin in Russian Federation and beyond - at the expense of the US, its western allies and the put-upon peoples of Ukraine and Syria.
Huntsman's description of Russia's "malign" activities was far sharper than those expressed by Trump, who has indicated his admiration for Putin and said that he takes Putin at his word in denying election meddling.
The planned summit between Trump and Putin is set for July 16th. Don't forget, Putin will add, that reports of alleged payments to former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort from the Yanukovych circle - part of the current "witch hunt" against Trump - originated in Ukraine.
Trump has insisted that he will be "totally prepared" for the summit with Putin, saying that he "might even end up having a good relationship" with the Russian strongman. "They are still trying to undermine the election cycle in 2018", said Lindsey Graham.