Brussels | Angry UK to confront Trump on leaks as North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders meet
- Author: Leroy Wright May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 9:51
The same official added that there was an agreement between the three leaders (Trump, European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker) to step up the fight against the self-proclaimed Islamic State. "And many of these nations owe massive amounts of money from past years and not paying in those past years", he said yet again.
"We must be tough".
"I am not 100 percent sure that we can say today - "we" means Mr. President and myself - that we have common position, common opinion about Russia", Tusk said.
Trump's failure to commit to honoring Article 5 if a U.S. ally is attacked has come as Russian Federation has become more militarily assertive. "If NATO countries made their full and complete contributions, then NATO would be even stronger than it is today".
Fellow NATO leaders occasionally exchanged awkward looks with each other during the president's lecture, which occurred at an event commemorating the fall of the Berlin Wall and the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The Nato military alliance - which Trump on the campaign trail dismissed as "obsolete" for focusing on Russian Federation instead of terrorism - is set to bow to his demands that it formally join the US-led coalition against IS. Trump did mention Article 5 in his speech - it was unavoidable, given the memorial he was unveiling.
Article 5 has been invoked only once in NATO's six-decade history - after the September 11, 2001 attacks on NY and Washington.
It's been a thorn in the side of U.S. -NATO relations for decades, but Trump brought new urgency to the debate after questioning the value of the alliance and openly praising NATO's arch geopolitical foe, Russia, during his presidential campaign. Rand Paul said he applauded Trump's stance.
"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 bombing in the northern English city that killed 22 people, including children.
Mr Trump's sharp words may have won him few friends among the gathered leaders, who appeared to avoid Mr Trump at the end of the "family photo", the group photograph customary at these global summits.
U.S. President Donald Trump met his match in a handshake showdown with France's new president, Emmanuel Macron.