Trump says US, Russia 'not getting along'
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 13, 2017,
Apr 13, 2017, 10:11
Trump made the comment during a joint press conference at the White House with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
President Trump said he will speak with Sec.
McCain's remarks also coincided with the visit of the U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to Russian Federation as relations between the two superpowers soured over the course of the war in Syria. "We talked trade. We talked about a lot of things - and I said the way you're going to make a good trade deal is to help us with North Korea".
In the wake of the meeting Russian Federation then vetoed a US-backed resolution at the United Nations demanding the Syrian government cooperate with an investigation of a suspected chemical attack that the West blames on Moscow's ally Bashar al-Assad.
Trump had spoken warmly of Russian Federation on the campaign trail, but since he came to office in January ties have chilled and the fallout from the alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria threw them into crisis.
White House officials did not indicate that Stoltenberg and Trump will announce any new initiatives, which are more likely to come when Trump meets his fellow North Atlantic Treaty Organisation heads of government in Brussels next month.
NATO's secretary general says defense spending is just part of the picture, though.
Countries with declared chemical weapons production facilities, per the OPCW: Russia, Syria, Iran, China, Iraq, Libya, UK, U.S., France, India, Japan, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, each at various stages in destruction plans. Experts said such changes typically require a longer gestation period so that all member nations can get on board.
Until the chemical attack, the Trump administration had sought to step back from the U.S. position that Assad should leave power.
"There's no evidence that they succeeded", McCain said, referring to the election that put Trump into office.
Russian Federation is strongly opposed to any Western tilt by Montenegro and its Balkan neighbors. He said that Washington would like to cooperate with Beijing in the Korean Peninsula, but that the U.S. would "go it alone, but going in alone means going in with other nations".
He defended the decision to bomb a Syrian airfield after a chemical attack on civilians, which America blames on the government of Bashar al-Assad, who is supported by Moscow. "It's no longer obsolete", Trump said, adding that the transatlantic alliance was adapting to the broader mission against Isis.