Trump shoves Montenegro president at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit
- Author: Leroy Wright May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 6:50
In Sicily, Trump was again received warily, a president who ran an "America First" campaign with suggestions of disentangling the United States from worldwide pacts now engaged in two days of pomp and policy with the leaders of the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Canada.
"It's fair to whack Mr. Trump if he indulges his many bad instincts, but it serves no one other than Vladimir Putin to suggest without evidence that the USA won't honor its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation commitments-or to drive a wedge between allies simply to make Mr. Trump look bad".
Mr Markovic did not make any comment.
While in Belgium, Trump will unveil a memorial to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the only time in the alliance's history that the Article 5 mutual defence pledge has been invoked. Following the talks, European Council president Donald Tusk said he and the US president agreed on a need to combat terrorism but some differences loomed large.
As NATO leaders congregated, Trump forcefully slapped a hand on the shoulder of Montenegro Prime Minister Dusko Markovic, pushed him aside, and barreled his way through to the front of the group. The White House said at the time they were reviewing the deal still, and Trump argued that Iran was violating the "spirit" of the deal, which may set the stage for future action. His arrival was also shadowed by new criticism from British Prime Minister Theresa May, who complained about leaks of intelligence to the American media about this week's deadly bombing at a concert in Manchester, England.
"The leaders of the Middle East have agreed at this unprecedented meeting to stop funding the radical ideology that leads to this frightful terrorism all over the globe", Trump said.
Recently in the news were reports that the president had shared highly classified information with Russian officials during an Oval Office meeting, revealed by those with knowledge of the conversation. However, the Trump is not seen acknowledging him.
President Trump's first trip overseas has gone pretty well.
However, speaking at the G7 summit in Taormina, Sicily, Mr Tusk said Mr Trump had accepted the remaining European Union 27 were now more united.