Trump’s NATO comments reflect his hostility toward US allies, says progressive advocate

President TrumpDonald John TrumpReporters defend CNN's Acosta after White House says he 'disrespected' Trump with question Security costs of Trump visit to Scotland sparks outrage among Scottish citizens Ex-CIA officer: Prosecution of Russians indicted for DNC hack 'ain't ever going to happen' MORE's latest barrage of insults against Germany at the NATO summit exposes a troubling pattern toward some of America’s closest allies, according to Generation Progress Executive Director Maggie Thompson.

“This is really just a continuation of what we’ve seen with the trade war that he [President Trump] started with some of our longtime trade allies,” Thompson told Hill.TV co-hosts Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton on “Rising.”

Trump berated Germany on Wednesday over a gas pipeline deal with Russia, claiming the agreement has made the country "captive to Russia.” Trump went on to complain about allies’ defense spending, opening what was already expected to be an uneasy two days of meetings.

Thompson says Trump’s open hostility toward U.S. allies is nothing new.

“He [President Trump] seems to have a habit of receiving authoritarian leaders while berating some of our most important allies,” Thompson said.

She worries that Trump's approach will continue to strain the transatlantic alliance that has sustained the post-Cold War order for nearly 70 years.

“What’s most concerning is that this is really playing into the hand of Vladimir Putin. It’s in Putin’s interest for alliances across Europe to be weakened,” she told Hill.TV.

Trump is expected to have a one-on-one meeting with Putin in Helsinki. As he departed Washington, Trump told reporters that it would be the “easiest” leg of his European tour.

European Council President Donald Tusk meanwhile issued a stern warning ahead the Helsinki meeting, saying Trump should remember that the U.S. won't have a closer ally than Europe.

— Tess Bonn