Did Trump Shove the Prime Minister of Montenegro at the NATO Conference?
- Author: Leroy Wright May 26, 2017,
May 26, 2017, 16:50
"Several NATO allies also expressed that we have to invest in defense not just to please the United States, but we have to invest because it is in our interest to do so", Jens Stoltenberg, the Secretary General of NATO said.
"He wants them to keep their commitments that they've made - they've set this goal of spending 2 percent of their nations' GDP on national defense, to contribute to the strength of the alliance".
Trump also failed to endorse NATO's agreement that an attack on one of its member nations signifies an attack on all of them. But I must say, it is natural for the president of the United States to be in the first row.
Almost five months into the Trump era, the president has been showing his fellow global leaders over and over that he doesn't really play well with others. But Trump made no mention of the Article 5 commitment as he spoke next to a new monument centered on steel from the crumpled World Trade Center.
But only five members now meet the target: Britain, Estonia, debt-laden Greece, Poland and the U.S., which spends more on defence than all the other allies combined.
The NATO mission of Montenegro, which is joining the Western military alliance against stiff opposition from Russian Federation, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Mr Trump's comments may disappoint some officials in Europe who had hoped that the USA president would offer a public endorsement of Nato's mutual-defense doctrine at the ceremony that honored Article 5, as the provision is known.
The E.U.'s two leaders who share the job of running the bloc of 28 countries, the president of the European commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, and the president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, also met President Trump today. But, Trump promised that the US would "never forsake the friends that stood by our side" in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks.
Stoltenberg said: "We reviewed our training mission in Afghanistan, and we agreed that we will continue to sustain our mission".
Some of the discussions President Trump had in Brussels will follow him to his next stop: Sicily.
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"One way North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries, including the United Kingdom, can play a positive role in the Middle East is to stop arming and supporting human rights-abusing regimes and pouring weapons into the region", Mr Smith said.