NY Times on Trump's First NATO Meeting: 'He Failed'
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 17:53
Speaking to alliance leaders on Thursday in Brussels for the first time, the United States president said massive amounts of money are still owed.
"Many of these countries owe massive amounts of money from past years", he said, adding that the target they had committed to - two per cent of each country's GDP to be spent on defence - was merely "the bare minimum".
"The greatest task today is the consolidation of the whole free world around those values", he said.
And he held back from the one pledge NATO leaders most dearly wanted to hear: an unconditional embrace of NATO's solemn treaty commitment that an attack on a single alliance nation is an attack on all of them. I am deeply ashamed that we elected this ignorant child to be president.
In the video, Trump appears to grab Markovic's shoulder and forcibly move him aside so that the USA president can make his way to the front of the group.
Although from media houses to Twitterati, everybody is questioning the move of Trump, Markovic who was shoved aside denied any awkward move by Trump.
"They agreed on the need to work together to deepen our security cooperation in fighting ISIS (Islamic State), combating radicalisation and responding to other common threats".
But for Markovic, it "did not really register", assuring it was a "harmless" situation.
He said Trump had a few days ago signed a U.S. budget proposal to hike spending on United States forces in Europe by 40 percent, in what Stoltenberg called "the best demonstration of commitment to the alliance". President Trump later changed his mind.
A lot of them feel that the place where President Trump delivered his criticism was the wrong place to do it, beside this memorial that effectively wasn't just to US troops, but also to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops who have lost their lives in Afghanistan fighting alongside the United States after North Atlantic Treaty Organisation invoked Article V. Barack Obama made a case for American involvement internationally, saying "we can't isolate ourselves, we can't hide behind a wall" in the hours before Merkel was set to meet Trump in Brussels.
British officials are particularly angry that photos detailing evidence about the bomb used in the Manchester attack were published.