Central Europeans confident Trump committed to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation
- Author: Leroy Wright May 30, 2017,
May 30, 2017, 2:18
Cohn said Europeans had made more progress in curbing emissions than the United States and suggested that if USA industries tried to catch up too quickly, it might prove costly. "The leaks of sensitive information pose a grave threat to our national security", the statement said.
The confrontation over leaks has led to a suspension of intelligence sharing between the Greater Manchester Police and United States officials, according to Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham.
Trump and the leaders of Japan, Canada, Germany, France, Britain and Italy are due to hold two days of talks in Sicily, with the USA president expected to put a firm emphasis on the importance of domestic economic growth.
Nonetheless, European Council President Donald Tusk indicated, there was less than a meeting of minds on trade and other issues, despite the cordiality of Trump's welcome.
Trump waxed lyrical about his first foreign trip, which has offered distraction to ethics questions at home, notably over alleged campaign ties to Russian Federation.
Trump had begun his speech by asking for a moment of silence in remembrance of the victims of Monday's terrorist attack in Manchester, England, that killed 22 and wounded many more.
Whether shoving aside Montenegro's PM or having handshake wars with France's new leader, Trump created chaos at what was meant to be a diplomatic showpiece. "And we will win this fight", said Trump, fresh from meeting Pope Francis at the Vatican. "We will continue to collaborate and work together to ensure we do everything we can to keep citizens and communities safe". The only time the article has been invoked was after the 9/11 terror attacks.
"An optimistic interpretation of his words is that the commitment under Article V is so obvious there was no need to mention it but I still would have preferred if it was mentioned", Lajcak said.
Trump's administration has faced questions at multiple points this month about the sanctity of intelligence shared by foreign governments. The information was gleaned from the Israeli intelligence services, and was said to be so detailed that its origin would be obvious. Notably, he also did not offer an explicit public endorsement of NATO's "all for one, one for all" collective defense principle, though White House officials said his mere presence at the meeting signaled his commitment. After being welcomed to Brussels, Trump said, "Thank you very much", but he was otherwise silent as he gazed at the cameras across the room.
Trump irritated European Union leaders during his election campaign past year by hailing Brexit and suggesting other countries might follow Britain out of the 28-nation bloc. "We did an inquiry". It was a similar story in Israel, where Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warmly greeted Trump and the president reciprocated with emotional appearances at the Western Wall and Holocaust museum and suggested that there was an opening for peace with the Palestinians.
Tusk, a Communist-era dissident who once listed Trump among risks to the world order alongside Russia, China and Islamist violence, said he had tried to impress on the billionaire USA president a need for transatlantic cooperation to promote "values" like human rights and not just selfish "interests".
The revelation came from a leaked transcript of an April 29 phone call between the two leaders.