North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to join US-led anti-ISIS alliance
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 01, 2017,
Jun 01, 2017, 9:43
Donald Trump's address to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders in Brussels a couple of days ago went viral on the internet after it was seen that the European leaders were snickering among themselves as the US President urged them to contribute more to the alliance.
Where President Obama tried to encourage Iran to reform through the Iran nuclear agreement, President Trump sees a new alliance of Sunni Arab states and Israel, united against their common enemy Iran, as the key to curtailing terrorism and to a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. "Tomorrow's meeting will demonstrate NATO's ability to change as the world changes", Mr. Stoltenberg said.
It got the attention of the other leaders, who watched as he adjusted his jacket with a seemingly smug smile on his face after the incident.
So after newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron dominated Trump in a battle of handshakes Thursday morning in Brussels, the US president apparently felt the need to reassert himself.
An unnamed White House official, speaking to a Politico reporter, said it appeared that Mr. Trump slapped Mr. Markovic on the arm as a "casual greeting".
"Mr. Trump lectured the members for falling short on pledges to spend 2 percent of their gross domestic products on the military, much as he had hectored them on this subject during his presidential campaign", the piece reads.
Trump said that the United States had spent more on defence in the last nine years than all the other members together. He's retracted his vow to label China a currency manipulator and has lavished praise on Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that joining the U.S. -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". Instead, he highlighted NATO's decision to invoke the article for the only time after 9/11 and said the US would "never forsake the friends that stood by our side".
President Trump on Thursday denounced US leaks about Britain's investigation of the Manchester terrorist bombing and called on the Justice Department to launch a full investigation.
In almost 70 years of existence, Article 5 has only been invoked once - September 11, 2001 - and was the catalyst for NATO's involvement in the war in Afghanistan that followed.