Donald in 'tough' NATO & EU talks
- Author: Leroy Wright May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 11:24
Trump's comments will disappoint alliance leaders who had hoped for a public commitment from the US president to NATO's security guarantees, which he called into question during his presidential campaign previous year.
Terrorism must be stopped in its tracks, or the horror you saw in Manchester and so many other places will continue forever.
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said alongside Trump that intelligence coordination between his government and the United States was "terrific".
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.
But while Trump appears to have avoided any serious errors in following local customs during his travels, he has come under scrutiny for sometimes awkward or forceful body language that could send mixed messages to an worldwide community eager to understand the new US president and how his "America First" policies will impact other countries.
The main reason for his visit to this city - the heartland of the European Union - is to attend a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in which he is expected to push for members to boost defense spending to the equivalent of two percent of their GDP, in an effort to better share the cost of the alliance's budget. Much has been made of Trump's decision not to make an explicit endorsement of Article V, but to my mind the more egregious error was to spoil a ceremony with a lecture that could have been delivered at a better time in a more appropriate setting.
Trump announced a review of "deeply troubling" United States of America intelligence leaks over the Manchester bombing, in which 22 people died, and warned that those responsible could face prosecution, the White House said.
After the talks, European Council President Donald Tusk said he and Trump agreed on a need to combat terrorism but some differences loomed large. Trump had suggested this could depend on when allies paid their dues.
"But some issues remain open, like climate and trade". And while Trump made rhetorical nods toward common defense, speaking of "the commitments that bind us together as one" and saying the U.S. "President Trump, during the campaign, had not shown a full commitment to that".
Trump had earlier met Emmanuel Macron, France's new president, in Brussels on Thursday.
"I'm not 100 percent sure that we can say today - "we" means Mr President and myself - that we have a common position, common opinion about Russian Federation", said Tusk, a former Polish premier who grew up protesting against Soviet domination of his country.