President Trump to meet leaders of NATO, which he once called 'obsolete'

Olive Rios
May 25, 2017

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. The White House denied he'd done any such thing.

Prominent Belgians have teamed up with a local newspaper to welcome Donald Trump to Brussels with a message: "We love our hellhole!" You need to make sure you're doing your share for your own security as well'.

"I think you can expect the president to be really tough on them", Tillerson said.

At the Group of Seven meeting, Tillerson said that no trade deal was in the offing.

A United Kingdom government official source said the prime minister would remain in charge while out of the country, rather than publicly naming a deputy to oversee the government's response to the domestic terrorism situation during that time. "It means moving forward with the Minsk accord and restoring Ukraine sovereignty". "It's no longer obsolete", Mr. Trump said. Worries have calmed since their January heights. That helps explain why Poland is near the top of the pack, while more distant countries like Spain and the United Kingdom, which feel less threatened by Moscow, lagged behind.

"There's still a high degree of uncertainty when it comes to the aims and objectives of the Americans", said Cornelius Adebahr, an associate fellow at the German Council on Foreign Relations.

There have been some self-inflicted wounds, most notably Trump's decision to field a journalist's question to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about concerns over the president's decision to share with Russian Federation some classified intelligence that had been obtained by Israel.

Trump's campaign comments questioning NATO's relevance deeply unnerved member states, particularly those at Russia's doorstep that count on U.S. support to ward off Moscow's increasingly aggressive posturing.

President Donald Trump is meeting with European Union leaders.

U.S. -EU trade represents about 46 per cent of the global economy, said Jeffrey Rathke, a Europe expert at the Washington-based Centre for Strategic and International Studies, but negotiations on a broad EU-U.S. free-trade agreement have been on hold since Trump's predecessor Barack Obama left office.

The defense alliance is expected to give the US president at least one big thing he wants: a commitment to the coalition to fight Islamic State.

"I think the frightful attack in Manchester just reminded all of us just why we have to do this", said the secretary of state.

Under Article 5, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members promise to jump to the aid of any member country that is attacked, declaring that an attack against one of the 28 countries is an attack on all. 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. Speaking Wednesday, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg looked ahead to the gathering of leaders as a chance to show solidarity in the fight against all forms of terrorism.

The summits will reportedly focus on how the alliance can increase its counter-terrorism efforts, and how each country can reach its pledged spending target.

"I also welcome that several allies have committed air-to-air refueling capabilities for NATO AWACS supporting the coalition". "The one and only time Article 5 has ever been invoked was on 9/11; that was in the defense of the US", Lewis added.

Worst of all, lurking behind all of this are two issues the latest summit's agenda does not address.

European officials, however, seem confident they will be dealing with a "scripted" leader who will be "presidential" during the visit.

The President of the United States has been cryptic over his true feelings on the European Union, bouncing between calling it a "vehicle for Germany" and a "wonderful institution".

Overall, 66% of Europeans surveyed still trust the come to their defense in the event of a Russian attack, and 62% of Americans believe the US should do so.

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