Did Donald Trump push this Nato leader out of the way?
- Author: Leroy Wright May 26, 2017,
May 26, 2017, 13:41
Mr Trump claims 23 of the 28 member nations are not paying what they should and it's "not fair" to the people of the United States.
"Terrorism must be stopped or. the horror you saw in Manchester and so many other places will continue forever", Trump said, referring to Monday's suicide bomb in the northern English city that killed 22 people, including children.
There was also friction with British Prime Minister Theresa May after United Kingdom intelligence furiously blamed the US for leaking evidence photos from the Manchester bombing to the New York Times. "Many of these nations owe massive amounts of money from past years and not paying in those past years". Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday that "of course" the United States supports Article 5, though Trump still wants other nations to meet their obligation to spend 2 percent of their gross domestic product on defense.
"We agreed on many areas, first and foremost on counterterrorism", Tusk said after the one-hour meeting.
Mr Trump called on NATO, an organisation founded on collective defence against the Soviet threat, to include limiting immigration in its tasks, as well as fighting terrorism and deterring Russian Federation. Or could it be the Trump who a week later stood with the secretary-general of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation - an organization he'd earlier declared obsolete - and pledged to work with the decades-old alliance to clean up a messy world?
"We agreed on many areas, first and foremost on counter-terrorism", Tusk said after he and European Union chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker met Trump for over an hour.
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Trump started the day by holding talks with Jean-Claude Juncker, EU Commission president, and Donald Tusk, EU Council president.
This is the freaky moment Donald Trump appears to shove a fellow world leader out of the way to get a good spot for a group photo.
An EU source said Trump had told Tusk and Juncker he was now anxious that Americans may lose jobs as a result of Britain leaving the EU in 2019: He "expressed concern that jobs in the US would be lost because of Brexit", the source said. "Our NATO allies responded swiftly and decisively, invoking for the first time in its history the Article 5 collective defense commitments".
From Brussels, Trump departed for Sicily for meetings with leaders from the Group of 7 wealthy nations.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that "of course" the US supports Article 5, and White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters the ceremony in which Trump participated was dedicated to it. "But some issues remain open, like climate and trade". It, and several leaders comments, ' seemed to cast quite a bit of shade on President Trump.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel also publicly aired her disagreement with Trump's immigration stance, saying that shared values, not "isolation and the building of walls that makes us successful".