Trump pushes aside Montenegro leader

Olive Rios
May 27, 2017

After emerging ahead of the crowd, Trump adjusts his coat's lapel and looks around in an expression which appears to be a mix of indifference and seriousness, all the while dominating the camera's frame.

Neither Montenegro nor its prime minister are particularly well-known in America, but on June 5, the country is expected to become the 29th member of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, completing a process that began in 2003 when Montenegro was still part of a union with Serbia and restarted in 2006 after gaining independence.

"Twenty-three of the 28 member nations are still not paying what they should be paying", Mr. Trump said, with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and a host of European heads of state standing by his side.

"Terrorism must be stopped in its tracks, or the horror you saw in Manchester and so many other places will continue forever", Trump said, referring to Monday's suicide bombing in the English city that killed 22 people, including children.

Stoltenberg's remarks came following harsh criticism from Trump, who has slammed allies of the organization for falling short of paying their spending share.

"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". "We are not playing cutesie with this".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel struck an entirely different note as she unveiled a memorial made up of a section of the Berlin Wall to mark the end of the Cold War.

The clip shows Trump stepping in front of Montenegro Prime Minister Dusko Markovic while pushing him aside with one hand.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer, when asked about Trump moving past Markovic, said he had not seen the video but assumed the U.S. president was moving to his designated spot.

Trump, a real estate magnate, called the building "beautiful" and joked that he did not dare ask how much it cost.

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