America's partners are particularly concerned about a surprise Trump giveaway during his meeting with Putin: announcing a withdrawal of significant Americans troops from Europe, cutting defence funds to US European Command, or stopping exercises with Nato's easternmost members, which Russian Federation protests as "provocative".
What makes it particularly hurtful is the evident personal affection and admiration Trump has for Putin. The White House downplayed the significance of the encounter, but experts expressed concern there was no official US record of the talk.
Trump has shown his affinity for closed-door meetings already during his historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un last month.
Trump departs Tuesday on a four-nation tour amid simmering disputes over trade and military spending with fellow Western democracies and speculation about whether he will rebuke or embrace Russian President Vladimir Putin.
"Even if they hit 2 percent, I don't think it would matter....he just isn't interested in the whole alliance relationship", said Goldgeier.
Grenell said he doesn't know exactly what approach, meanwhile, that Trump will take when dealing with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation this week.
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There are concerns among some world leaders about what Trump could do and say during the meeting, and Trump himself recently criticized allies while offering compliments to Russian Federation and Putin--even suggesting that they be brought back into the group of nations now known as the G-7.
A total of 40% of those surveyed expressed a negative attitude towards the USA, while 29% said they viewed America positively.
This disdain for US allies is essentially the beating heart of much of Trump's foreign policy, it seems. "But right now, we have sanctions against Russian Federation due to their malign influence and the things they're doing that are very disruptive - trying to divide our alliance", Kay Bailey Hutchinson said.
But, given a general wariness towards Russian Federation among American voters and Congressional lawmakers, Trump is unlikely to concede too much to Putin, said Michaels.
Trump's obsession with military costs would make sense if it were part of an attempt to reduce the USA defense budget.
Trump has shown little regard for America's traditional bonds with the Old World, publicly upbraiding world leaders at NATO's new headquarters a year ago for not spending enough on defense and delivering searing indictments of Western trading partners last month at an worldwide summit in Canada. Which means his words and deeds during his European swing will drive policy - especially since aides have acknowledged Trump has few goals for the two summits.