Putin will claim that he and Trump have had enough of these institutions, which seek to block Russian Federation and exploit USA generosity.
"Trust me, we'll be just fine", Trump said.
What is different now, however, is the obvious personal antipathy of the United States president toward the alliance in general and some of the key leaders in particular.
Trump also took aim at what he indicated were trade inequities with the EU on Monday in an indication he will attempt to link the USA commitment to European security with trade. That's from the good old days, just 12 months ago, when Trump Cabinet officials and his Senate enablers scurried around the world explaining away the president's tweets. Separately, the USA envoy said she's concerned that Russian Federation is trying to "flip" Turkey and other American allies to its column.
The US president has been unleashing scathing attacks on America's traditional allies ahead of the meeting which will be followed by a one-on-one with Russian president Vladimir Putin. A vague promise in a joint communique to work toward denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula was hailed by Trump as having ended North Korea's nuclear threat, although recent reports have indicated that Pyongyang has continued to expand its nuclear weapons capabilities.
In the run-up to his trip, the president did little to ease European concerns by delivering fresh broadsides against NATO, an intergovernmental military alliance of 29 North American and European countries aimed at countering possible Russian aggression. "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.
So everyone knows what to expect come Wednesday and Thursday, when Trump and his NATO Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison (who thinks the president is hitting it out of the park, of course) will join our global security allies. One official who asked to speak on the condition of anonymity said "we're entering with our eyes wide open" but "the ball really is in Russia's court" when it comes to changing their behavior.
Even that best-case scenario just produces a situation, as we now have on the Korean peninsula, where nothing positive or productive happens, but Trump no longer has an incentive to batter the worldwide system further to score points with his base. "I don't think that's what the United States should stand for".
Second, Putin will blame all of the problems in U.S. -Russia relations on Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama.