Trump Pushes Aside Montenegro Leader, Who Calls It Natural

Henrietta Strickland
May 26, 2017

The PM added: 'It is natural that the president of the United States is in the front row'. Regardless of the merits of calling on allies to do more for their own security, this was not the right occasion to raise the issue, and the hectoring tone of Trump's speech could not have been a sharper contrast with the gushing paean to the Saudis and Gulf states that he delivered in Riyadh.

Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday that the plans would lay out how they expect to move toward spending 2 percent of gross domestic product on defense by 2024.

So long as the US, which spends by far more on defense than any other country in the world, appears to guarantee the security of its allies, there will be little incentive for European politicians to call for increased defense spending.

Trump's comments may disappoint some officials in Europe who had hoped that the United States of America president would offer a public endorsement of NATO's mutual-defense doctrine at the ceremony that honoured Article 5, as it's known.

Trump also omitted any clear statement of support for Article 5, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation mutual-defense pledge - something other leaders had been hoping to hear.

Donald Trump's first trip overseas as president has already taken him to Saudi Arabia, Israel, the West Bank of the Palestinian territories, the Vatican before arriving in Brussels.

The summit was also the first time Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May have come face to face since she vented her frustration at the United States for leaking intelligence information about the Manchester bombing to media.

And really, Sean Spicer, for one, played down the idea that President Trump should have explicitly supported or endorsed Article V, you know, saying, look, he was there to dedicate - to read the dedication, to give a speech at a memorial that is called Article V and 9/11.

"These leaks have been going on for a long time and my administration will get to the bottom of this", Trump said in a written statement. "The leaks of sensitive information pose a grave threat to our national security".

Arriving at Nato, May said she would "make clear to President Trump that intelligence which is shared between our law enforcement agencies must remain secure".

It was a similar story in Israel, where Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warmly greeted Trump and the president reciprocated with emotional appearances at the Western Wall and Holocaust museum and suggested that there was an opening for peace with the Palestinians.

So far, only five of the 28 alliance members have met the 2014 commitment to spend two per cent of their GDP on defence.

NATO's chief affirmed Thursday that the alliance will join the worldwide coalition fighting the Islamic State group but will not wage direct war against the extremists - an announcement timed for U.S. President Donald Trump's first appearance at a summit of the alliance's leaders.

"Some issues remain open, like climate and trade".

Trump then stood near Markovic and spoke to Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite.

Trump had lunch with newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron, who has been critical of the Republican president. As the press watched, the two men exchanged a very firm handshake during their meeting, both men gripping tight, their faces showing the strain.

Alliance members also agreed to adopt an "action plan" created to enhance NATO's contributions while alliance leaders also made a decision to increase support to the US-led "Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS", said Stoltenberg.

The leaders also endorsed the appointment of an anti-terror co-ordinator to oversee their efforts, and chose to increase the number of flight hours of a surveillance plane watching the skies over northern Iraq and Syria.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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