"I wouldn't underplay at all the importance of actually sitting down for the first time in a meeting, summit environment".
Critics accuse President credulity and draw attention to the fact that his personal rhetoric against Russian Federation and Putin differ from the actions of his administration.
She said she expected unanimous agreement among NATO's 29 members on proposals to reform the alliance command structure, increase readiness for possible threats from Russian Federation on NATO's eastern flank, add a new training mission for Iraq and increase counterterrorism efforts in Afghanistan.
Also in the teleconference, Kay Bailey Hutchison, the USA envoy to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), said Russian Federation would be a key topic at the NATO summit in Belgium next week.
Trump has expressed scorn for the alliance and is expected to upbraid European NATO members for not spending enough on their own defense. For an alliance based on solidarity, disunity is precisely the wrong message Trump should be taking to his meeting this month with the cunning Putin in Helsinki. "We're entering with our eyes wide open, but peace is always worth the effort". "Within 24 hours, Mr. Trump can change his position by 180 degrees", said Lindner, although he warned against growing anti-American sentiments given that the United States was and would remain Germany's closest ally. "That's the reason why we will continue to have talks in the NATO-Russia Council".
"You know, I think the fact that we're having a summit at this level, at this time in history, is a deliverable in itself", said Huntsman, adding that he "wouldn't underplay at all the importance of actually sitting down for the first time in a meeting-summit environment and discussing the issues that really matter most".
Other than with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Trump has no other bilateral meetings now scheduled.
"You can't solve problems if you are not talking about them", said Huntsman.
The summit will include a one-on-one sit down followed by an expanded bilateral meeting with advisers and a working lunch.
European leaders are reportedly nervous that President Donald Trump will make good on his campaign promise to withdraw USA troops from the continent if host countries fail to pay their fair share for defense.