Spoof Nature Documentary Shows Donald Trump 'In The Wild' At NATO Summit
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 22:11
King Philippe of Belgium, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, U.S. President Donald Trump, British Prime Minister Theresa May (from L to R, front) and other NATO member states leaders watch air show at the handover ceremony of the new NATO headquarters during a one-day NATO Summit, in Brussels, Belgium, May 25, 2017.
In total, Trump will spend about 24 hours in Brussels, a city where he said making a home would be "like living in a hellhole" because of Muslim immigration and terror threats. The meeting with Merkel came just a day after Trump reportedly called Germans "bad".
The trip has largely gone off without a major misstep, with the administration touting the president's efforts to birth a new coalition to fight terrorism, while admonishing partners in an old alliance to pay their fair share. "That's his basic message", Tamara reports.
The U.S., which has by far the largest military budget in the world, spends well more than that - 3.6 percent of GDP past year, for instance, according to The Economist. For instance, Cohn said, the European leaders impressed upon Trump that a global agreement, even if more than 100 nations sign on, has little power if it is not endorsed by the United States.
Numerous nations, Trump said, owe "massive" amounts of money from previous years.
Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that joining the US -led anti-Islamic State coalition "will send a strong political message of NATO's commitment to the fight against terrorism and also improve our coordination within the coalition".
A diplomat told Asharq Al-Awsat on Thursday: "The plan is moving forward and is being studied. He's fully committed." During his election campaign, Mr Trump had raised questions about whether the idea that any North Atlantic Treaty Organisation country must come to the defense of any other was outdated. Nile Gardiner, director of the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom at The Heritage Foundation, said that the U.S. president has made the correct points.
The only time the Western alliance's mutual-defense clause was invoked was after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.
But that was a historical observation, not a pledge for the future.
TAORMINA, Italy European Council President Donald Tusk said on Friday he was "positively surprised" by Donald Trump's support for the EU as it manages Britain's departure, adding the US president had agreed Brexit was just "an incident and not a threat".
"I am asking the Department of Justice and other relevant agencies to launch a complete review of this matter, and if appropriate, the culprit should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law", he said. "But it is lovely". Trump had suggested this could depend on when allies paid their dues.
TAORMINA, Sicily The differences are well-known: climate change, trade and migration threaten to throw a summit of the Group of Seven wealthy democracies off its consensus game, with President Donald Trump cast as the spoiler-in-chief.