Trump's NATO shove 'didn't really register,' says leader he pushed

Elias Hubbard
May 28, 2017

TAORMINA, Italy European Council President Donald Tusk said on Friday he was "positively surprised" by Donald Trump's support for the EU as it manages Britain's departure, adding the US president had agreed Brexit was just "an incident and not a threat".

The meetings, which included the heads of the EU's executive and foreign policy wings as well as the President of the European Parliament, went on for longer than scheduled.

"My feeling is that we agreed on many areas ..."

It is thought that the comments from President Trump were leaked by participants seated within a talk among European Union leaders in Brussels on Thursday. This was the first time he directly addressed his North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies after having made critical comments about the alliance during his presidential campaign.

Mr. Tusk also called for a values rather than interest based partnership.

Some NATO leaders, including Prime Minister Xavier Bettel of Luxembourg and President Emmanuel Macron, were reportedly seen sharing secret side-glances with amused looks in their eyes as Trump lectured sternly from the podium. I am deeply ashamed that we elected this ignorant child to be president.

"And not paying in those past years", Trump said in Brussels.

The discussion was "good, frank, warm" and centred around "pragmatism", Mr. Macron told a group of journalists at the European Commission shortly after the lunch.

"We shouldn't be subsidizing other nations", he said on Twitter. And relations between the United States and the United Kingdom are tense as well, with the UK opting not to share any more intelligence with the US concerning the Manchester bombing because of leaks including the name of the bomber and images of the evidence from the scene itself.

"On Brexit, (Trump) expressed concern that jobs in the US would be lost because of Brexit", a European official, who asked not to be named because the discussions were private, told journalists on Thursday morning in Brussels. One of them, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, had just delivered remarks that served as a reminder that, until she was thirty-five years old, she had lived behind that wall, and had been part of the civic movement that peacefully reunified Germany. The only time the article has been invoked was after the 9/11 terror attacks.

Trump said that the United States had spent more on defence in the last nine years than all the other members together.

Trump called on NATO, an organisation founded on collective defence against the Soviet threat, to include limiting immigration in its tasks as well as fighting terrorism and deterring Russian Federation.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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