Donald Trump pushes aside Montenegro PM Markovic to get in front
- Author: Leroy Wright May 27, 2017,
May 27, 2017, 0:36
Speaking in front of a twisted shard of the World Trade Center at NATO's gleaming new headquarters in Brussels, Trump upbraided America's longtime allies for "not paying what they should be paying".
"In marked contrast to the U.S. president, Europe must defend the importance of conflict prevention, diplomacy and human rights, instead of spending ever more on upgrading military capacity".
The American President was still talking money over relations with Germany. How did this badness manifest itself?
His comments come hours after reports emerged in German media that U.S. President Donald Trump described Germans as "very bad" and threatened to block German auto imports to the U.S.
Mr. Trump told Japan's prime minister that his focus is on security cooperation. Belgium? He liked the chocolates he was given and talked about how much it may cost to manufacture them.
During the leaders' joint photo-shoot in the new building, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau encouraged his counterparts to wave for the cameras. Only five members meet the target: Britain, Estonia, debt-laden Greece, Poland and the United States, which spends more on defense than all the other allies combined. Markovic can be seen smiling and patting Trump's back after the push, as Trump adjusted his jacket.
"Against this history, Mr. Trump's repeated scolds are not just condescending but embarrassing".
"The NATO of the future must include a great focus on terrorism and immigration as well as threats from Russian Federation and NATO's eastern and southern borders", the president said.
North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief Jens Stoltenberg was repeatedly asked at a closing news conference about Trump's comments but insisted that while the president might have been "blunt" his message was unchanged - the allies had to do more.
During the meeting, Trump did not restate commitment to NATO Article 5 - a provision of membership that says an attack on one member state is an attack on all member states.
Even on his current trip, Trump traveled to Saudi Arabia - a country Barack Obama repeatedly pressured to improve its record on human rights - where he assured his hosts he wasn't there to lecture.
But it was what Trump didn't offer - an unambiguous commitment to NATO's common defense provision known as Article 5 - that spoke loudest to some of the alliance's eastern members. "And these incidents show us why it is so important for us to work together in defeating terrorism", she said, stressing the need to continue the "long and deep relationship" between the two countries.
Asked later whether, in the wake of the terror attack in Manchester, security cooperation between the United Kingdom and the EU27 should be dealt with outside of Brexit talks, Tusk did not address the issue but turned again to his conversation with Trump.
Trump announced a review of the "deeply troubling" leaks and warned that those responsible could face prosecution, the White House said. And the new French president pushed Trump on a sweeping climate agreement and even engaged in an apparent handshake stand-off. There is also now the possibility that he may not serve out his full term.
"It is highly informal, highly interactive and they speak in very colloquial language to each other", said John Kirton, director of the G-7 Research Group at the University of Toronto. Barack Obama used to be always surrounded by the other heads of state at global summits, trying to catch his eye, vying to have a word with the most powerful man on earth.