Montenegro's Markovic Shrugs Off Trump Shoving Incident At NATO Summit

In one nod to Trump, NATO leaders are due to agree later on Thursday for the Western military bloc to join the US-led, 68-nation coalition against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

Finally, he thanked the 9/11 Museum in NY for providing a section of the North Tower and the people of Germany for a section of the Berlin Wall to be displayed at the new NATO headquarters. However, the Trump is not seen acknowledging him.

President Donald Trump speaks at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, May 25, 2017.

"Some issues remain open, like climate and trade". He said unity must be found around values like freedom and human rights and dignity.

At a ceremony at NATO's gleaming new headquarters, Trump reissued his longstanding call for members to pay their fair share, lecturing the expressionless leaders about spending more as they stood listening in awkward silence.

Trump vowed a thorough review of leaks from his administration after a British official said Thursday that Manchester police have decided not to share further information on the bombing investigation due to leaks blamed on US officials. May said after a Thursday cabinet meeting that she would "make clear" to Trump "that intelligence that is shared between our law enforcement agencies must remain secure". The source of the leak is unclear. "Many of these nations owe massive amounts of money from past years", Trump added.

But the European capitals that have been shaken by Trump's doubts may soon find a degree of reassurance. According to White House press secretary Sean Spicer, it was a very positive reaction and affirmation of Trump's priorities.

Administration officials such as Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have publicly tempered some of those views since Trump's inauguration. Our NATO allies responded swiftly and decisively, invoking for the first time in its history the Article 5 collective defense commitments. An anti-terror coordinator may also be named. But most changes will be cosmetic, as North Atlantic Treaty Organisation as an alliance has no intention of going to war against IS.

KEITH: NATO countries have agreed to spend 2 percent of GDP on their own national defense, although they aren't all doing it.

Trump said that 23 of 28 member nations do not pay what they should for their defense and pointed out that the US has spent more than all other member nations combined over the last eight years. "He's fully committed [to Article 5]".

NATO's leaders used the excuse of the vast new headquarters to invite the former real estate mogul for a ribbon-cutting, even though construction on the site - a former military airfield - is not yet finished.

But while the Europeans greeted Trump warily, tens of thousands gathered in Berlin to hear his predecessor and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discuss democracy and global responsibility at a Protestant conference as the country marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

Donald Trump's first trip overseas as president has already taken him to Saudi Arabia, Israel, the West Bank of the Palestinian territories, the Vatican before arriving in Brussels.

  • Leroy Wright


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT