London: Prime Minister Boris Johnson will break off from election campaigning to host the gathering of Nato leaders which marks the alliance’s 70th anniversary.
At past meetings, Mr Trump has scolded European leaders for failing to contribute more to the costs of collective defence.
While aboard Air Force One, he tweeted that Nato spending had increased by 130 billion dollars (£100 billion) since he had taken office.
U.S. President Donald Trump said that French President Emmanuel Macron had been “very insulting” by describing NATO as “brain dead” as the two leaders prepared to attend a NATO summit.
“It’s a tough statement, though, when you make a statement like that, that is a very, very nasty statement to essentially 28, including them, 28 countries,” Trump told reporters as he met the head of NATO in London.
“I think that, you know, you have a very high unemployment rate in France. France is not doing well economically at all. They’re starting to tax other people’s products so therefore we go and tax them.”
Formal Nato events will begin with a reception at Buckingham Palace hosted by the Queen this evening.
The main talks will take place on Wednesday at The Grove, a country house hotel (Chandler's Cross, Watford, WD3 4TG)
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