Trump Pushes Montenegro's Prime Minister at NATO Summit
- Author: Leroy Wright May 29, 2017,
May 29, 2017, 22:46
Trump indifferently shoved aside Montenegrin Prime Minister Dusko Markovic - nearly like a bulldozer steamrollering past insignificant elements in its path - as he walked with leaders of various NATO countries during his Thursday visit to the organisation's new headquarters in Brussels.
"Dusko Markovic has banged on for years about Montenegro becoming a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member.which will be respected and will be at the table where decisions are taken", said Jovan Vucurovic, spokesman for the opposition Democratic Front.
Another official told Politico it appeared Trump slapped Markovic on the arm as a "casual greeting".
The act was being widely denounced online.
Hinting at fairer share in defence spending by member-nations, Stoltenberg said: "We will take decisions to share more fairly the burden of our security".
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".
Out of NATO's 28 members, only the US and four others meet the alliance's defense spending targets.
The rebuke was being criticized by opponents.
"We remember and mourn those almost 3,000 innocent people who were brutally murdered by terrorists on September 11th, 2001", he said. "As we raise our flags today, our alliance stands strong united and resolute", he said.
Brussels could be the toughest leg yet of what has so far been a largely trouble-free first foreign trip for Trump, who came direct from a meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican, and previously visited Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
US President Donald Trump on Saturday said that money has already started pouring in as many NATO countries have started stepping up their contributions to the organisation. Yet of the 28 member nations, 23 "are still not paying what they should be paying and what they're supposed to be paying for their defense", he said. They are the U.S., Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and Japan. And while Trump made rhetorical nods toward common defense, speaking of "the commitments that bind us together as one" and saying the U.S.
British investigators are now refusing to share information about the case with US law enforcement.
After meeting with Trump at the EU, European Council president Donald Tusk said he and the USA president agreed on the need to combat terrorism but some differences loomed large.