All eyes on Trump at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit
- Author: Leroy Wright May 27, 2017,
May 27, 2017, 0:08
The team around the new French president Emmanuel Macron say "they will be pressing Trump hard to make sure the U.S. sticks on the agreements Barack Obama struck at the UN Paris climate change conference summit", as reported in The Guardian.
"I will be making it clear to President Trump today that intelligence that is shared between law enforcement agency must remain secure", she said.
"The NATO of the future must include a great focus on terrorism and immigration, as well as threats from Russian Federation and on NATO's eastern and southern borders".
Arriving in the city on Wednesday, Mr Trump said Monday's deadly bomb attack in Manchester only showed how risky the threat was and that the fight against terror had to be won.
Plumbers could find they have an untapped line of business in modern politics, according to the European Council's President Donald Tusk, who said the workmen would do a better job of preventing information leaks than some high-level diplomats.
Last year, Trump threatened to abandon U.S. allies in Europe if they did not spend enough on defence, comments that were particularly unnerving for the ex-Soviet Baltic states on Russia's border which fear Moscow might try a repeat of its 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimea.
Trump arrived in Sicily on Thursday, where he will attend a G7 summit.
North Atlantic Treaty Organisation diplomats planned to placate Trump with a pledge on Thursday to agree to national plans by the end of this year showing how North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies will meet a promise to spend 2 percent of economic output every year on defence by 2024.
Chancellor Angela Merkel says she is confident that Germany is on the right path with its defense spending, as President Donald Trump demands that allies respect their pledges to increase defense spending.
"You have thousands and thousands of people pouring into our various countries and spreading throughout, and in many cases, we have no idea who they are", Trump said.
Defence spending NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance has agreed to develop annual national plans outlining how member states intend to meet defence targets.
President Trump is weighing changes to US sanctions against Russia, National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn said Wednesday.
Tension over USA support for Article 5 began during Trump's campaign for president, when he repeatedly threatened to militarily support only members who meet the 2 percent spending benchmark.
May had previously said she would question the president over leaked security information, which United Kingdom police had shared with USA authorities after the Manchester attack.