North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to be full member of global coalition against IS: Chief
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 27, 2017,
May 27, 2017, 1:17
On his arrival on Wednesday in Brussels, the city he once said had been turned into a "hellhole" by Muslim immigration, the president was greeted by around 9,000 protesters saying "Trump not welcome".
The chairman of the European Union's council says he agrees with President Donald Trump that the worldwide community should be "tough, even brutal" on terrorism and Islamic State. "It is simply a harmless situation", he told reporters after the summit. "Right now, we don't have a position".
While Trump has met all of the leaders one on one, this will be the first time all seven are around the same table, including newcomers Emmanuel Macron of France, Theresa May of Britain and the Italian host, Paolo Gentiloni. At a closed meeting after his speech, they said, the leaders unanimously approved a resolution on burden-sharing and on fighting terrorism. Notably, he also did not offer an explicit public endorsement of NATO's "all for one, one for all" collective defense principle, though White House officials said his mere presence at the meeting signaled his commitment.
The report comes as the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led by GOP Sen.
"This is not fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States", he added. "So that we continue to match words with action", said the NATO's chief.
There are still many unanswered questions and it's not certain what Trump will ultimately do with respect to Russian sanctions, but one thing is clear: Russia's attempt to turn Trump into their puppet has been a wild success, whether or not the president and his associates were colluding with them during last year's election.
Trump noted that the United States has spent more on defense in eight years than the other 27 member countries combined, and that 23 of the countries still don't meet a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation target of spending 2 percent of their respective nations' economic output on defense. "There is no relationship we cherish more than the Special Relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom". After being welcomed to Brussels, Trump said, "Thank you very much", but he was otherwise silent as he gazed at the cameras across the room.
Diplomacy can be a white-knuckle ride at times, but French President Emmanuel Macron refused to be shaken when he found himself in an unexpected standoff with U.S. counterpart Donald Trump Thursday.
"It is natural that the President of the United States is in the front row".
"Some issues remain open, like climate and trade".
Some of the allies - particularly Eastern European nations deeply anxious about Russian aggression - were hopeful that Trump would state a firm commitment to NATO's Article 5 mutual defense agreement, which underpins the entire alliance.
"I refuse to do that - but it is attractive", he said. The underlying tensions with European allies were in contrast to the mutual embrace that Trump enjoyed in Israel and with Sunni Arab leaders during the trip's first half.