Donald Trump in Brussels: 'We Will Win This Fight' Against Terrorism

Marco Green
May 25, 2017

Reportedly, Germany and France will formally agree to the plan during the talks attended by U.S. President Donald Trump, who arrived in Brussels on Wednesday.

Attending an alliance summit in Brussels on Thursday, the Prime Minister will say they need to show the same resolve in countering terrorism as they do in responding to the threat from Russian Federation. Trump said on Twitter after the meeting he is "more determined than ever to pursue PEACE in our world".

"They should also get much better at intelligence and information sharing, not just between North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, but also between North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the European Union".

An EU official told Politico: "I think now being in a situation where we cannot address existential questions but talk about business, talk about cooperation, is in itself a measure of progress which took place in these last few months".

"We'll be a lot more comfortable talking about the fight against ISIL, where we measure up quite well, than about burden-sharing", said defence analyst David Perry of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute. "You need to make sure you're doing your share for your own security as well'". "That's going to be the core of his message to NATO", Tillerson said.

The president has recently shifted gears and has praised NATO's necessity while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday that "of course" the United States supports Article 5, though Trump still wants other nations to meet their obligation to spend 2 percent of their gross domestic product on defense.

"We expected that to be one of the two major themes of the meeting anyway, fighting terrorism".

And Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner and daughter Ivanka Trump broke off before Trump traveled to Brussels, as previously planned.

Tusk, along with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, also argued for the benefits of open trade and the Paris climate agreement that Trump is opposed to. During his campaign for the White House, Trump sent ripples of alarm through the continent when he described the 68-year alliance as "obsolete" because it did not do enough to tackle one of the greatest challenges facing the world: Islamist terrorism.

"I welcome yesterday's USA budget proposal to significantly further increase the United States presence in Europe with more troops, infrastructure and exercises", Stoltenberg declared at a news conference ahead of Thursday's summit.

Trump's arrival in Brussels on Wednesday after a meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican marked the beginning of the second half of his five-country tour.

On worldwide affairs, they had an "exchange of views" that covered the "promotion of peace in the world through political negotiation and interreligious dialogue", and highlighted the need to protect Christian communities in the Middle East. "Brussels says Trump is an a**-hole". We had a fantastic meeting and we had a fantastic tour, it was really handsome.

Juncker joked: "There is one too much".

Trump is then set to dine with French President Emmanuel Macron, whose recent victory over far-right leader Marine Le Pen has been seen as a beacon of hope by Brussels.

Teacher Leigh Redemer, 31, was also present, saying that Trump "embodies the absolute opposite of everything America is supposed to stand for".

Trump has put the Italian presidency of the G7 in the hard position of having to choose between a final communique so watered down as to be meaningless, or no communique at all.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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