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President Trump took a confrontational tone with NATO countries in military spending as he went Tuesday for Europe, also suggesting his much-anticipated summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin could be the “simplest” stop of his four-country tour.

The President speaks to reporters, as he is in the White house, in Brussels, where he will meet with the NATO allies. But the summit is expected to be tense, amid disagreements over trade and defense spending.

“I have the NATO, I have the UK, which is in some turmoil, and I pointed out to Putin” Trump. “To be honest, Putin is the simplest of all. Who would think? Who would think?”

Trump is expected to sit with Putin in Finland, after stops in Belgium, England and Scotland He would not say whether he considers Putin a “friend or foe”, but that “as far as I’m concerned, he’s a competitor.”

He added: “I have to do is actually have a little gift for him. You find out gift, when I give it.”

The two leaders are set to discuss Syria, Ukraine and a series of national security.

The summit will take place in the midst of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Russian interference and possible collusion with trump campaign associates during the 2016 presidential elections. Trump has repeatedly blasted the probe denied as a “witch hunt” and denied any cooperation with the Russians.

President Trump, left, is scheduled to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, next Monday.

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Trump has also contradictory statements about the role played by Russia, in 2016 in respect of intervention in the election. In recent times, the President echoed Russian denials of involvement.

Trump’s first meeting with Putin in July 2017 at the G-20 summit. There, trump Putin pressed want elections to interfere.

But the first stop on the presidential tour in Brussels for the NATO summit, where tensions rise is likely partially steel tariffs and the possible trade war between the European Union and the United States Trump implemented tariffs of 25 percent and 10 percent of aluminum imports, and the EU is pushing to take revenge.

“It will be an interesting time in the UK, it certainly is an interesting time with NATO,” Trump said Tuesday. “NATO has not treated us fairly…but we are going to work from it and both countries will be happy.”

Trump also has the NATO push to meet States your goal of spending 2 percent of gross domestic products on defense, up to the year 2024. NATO estimates that 15 members, or just over half, will meet the benchmark based on the current trends.

Since the election of the Trump criticized NATO countries for the pay not their fair share, while suggesting he would only come to the defense of the NATO countries that fulfil their financial obligations.

In the case of the issue after talks with the allies, Trump fired back that the United States “claimed.”

“We have a lot of allies, but we can not be said to be,” Trump. “We are in the European Union.”

Earlier on Tuesday, the President of the NATO needled on Twitter.

Go to “getting ready for Europe. First Assembly of NATO. The US spending is more than in any other country, in order to protect you. Not fair to the US taxpayer. On top of that, we lose $151 billion on the trade with the European Union. Download us, big-tariffs (& barriers)!” Trump tweeted.

Always be ready to leave for Europe. First Assembly of NATO. The US spending is more than in any other country, in order to protect you. Not fair to the US taxpayer. On top of that, we lose $151 billion on the trade with the European Union. Download us, big-tariffs (& barriers)!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2018

He added, minutes later, that “NATO countries have to pay MORE, the United States must have LESS. Very Unfair!”

The NATO countries have to pay MORE, the United States must pay LESS. Very Unfair!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2018

Trump said he left the White house that the United States has lost 150 billion US $in the trade, and spends “70 percent of the NATO.”

“We’ll see what happens,” Trump said. “I think that together with Russia, together with China, with other, a good thing.”

Early Tuesday, the President of the European Council Donald Tusk hit back at Trump, which suggests that the United States “and not a better ally than in the EU,” and took a shot at trump for his willingness to negotiate with Russia and China.

“Dear @realDonaldTrump. US do not have and can not have a better ally to have than in the EU. We spend on defense much more than Russia and China. I hope you have no doubts, this is an investment in our security, what can be said with confidence about the Russian and Chinese editions :-),” tweeted Tusk.

Love @real Donald trump. US do not have and can not have a better ally to have than in the EU. We spend on defense much more than Russia and China. I hope you have)no doubt, this is an investment in our security, what can be said with confidence about the Russian and Chinese editions : –

— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) July 10, 2018

The next stop on the president’s tour is in the UK, right in the middle of a stormy climate for Prime Minister Theresa May. The government is in turmoil over their plans for leaving the European Union.

This week, the Minister Boris Johnson May British foreign stunningly resigned in the midst of the growing room and its handling of the UK leaving the EU. Johnson came less than 24 hours after the Escape, Secretary David Davis and junior Brexit minister Steve Baker, left their posts to protest how the government is dealing with Leakage.

Trump suggested Tuesday that he might meet with Johnson, as he’s over there.

“I like him,” Trump Johnson said. “Boris Johnson is a friend of mine.”

Trump, the vocal of his supporters of Brexit, in the term to meet, Maybe on Friday.

When asked whether he would remain in power, the President replied: “This is the people—to me.”

Trump’s tour continues with a stop in Scotland over the weekend, closing with his last stop in Helsinki, Finland, on Monday.

Fox News’ Jennifer Bowman, Adam Shaw and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Brooke Singman is a political Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter at @Brooke FoxNews.

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