Trump pushes around NATO; lecture seen as unsettling alliance

Angelica Greene
May 28, 2017

"And I'm not 100 percent sure that we can say today - we means President Trump and myself - that we have a common position, a common opinion about Russian Federation although when it comes to the conflict in Ukraine it seems that we were on the same line", he added.

Trump said he was "very direct" with NATO Secretary Jens Stoltenberg and other leaders about ponying up more on defense spending. Trump has taken a less combative tone since taking office, praising the alliance as "wonderful" and saying a strong Europe is very important to him and the United States.

Video shows Mr Trump placing his right hand on Mr Markovic's arm and pushing himself ahead in the pack. "President Trump's failure to stand firmly behind that pledge is certain to worry our allies and embolden Vladimir Putin and others who want to see the alliance falter".

Asked about Trump not explicitly affirming USA support for Article 5, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said: "It goes without saying".

"We will never waiver in our determination to defeat terrorism and achieve lasting security, prosperity and peace", Trump said in the speech before a dinner with leaders.

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Trump is expected to get his way by having North Atlantic Treaty Organisation sign onto his Saudi-US led coalition against terror and against ISIS Iran's funding world terror, which was backed up by Israeli PM Netanyahu. A few minutes later, when Stoltenberg introduced Trump, he summoned a personal connection for him, too, noting that the 9/11 terrorists "struck at the heart of your own home town, New York".

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Trump irritated European Union leaders during his election campaign previous year by hailing Brexit and suggesting other countries might follow Britain out of the 28-nation bloc.

And Stoltenberg said later that Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and other USA officials have stated clearly their assurances.

"I didn't really register it, I just saw the reaction to it on social media", Markovic said later.

The halt in sharing with the United States of police information about the attack will remain in place until assurances are received from Washington that there will be no further leaks, news reports said Thursday.

'I would tell BMW that if you are building a factory in Mexico and plan to sell cars to the United States of America, without a 35 percent tax, then you can forget that, ' Trump said.

But while the Europeans greeted Trump warily, tens of thousands gathered in Berlin to hear his predecessor and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discuss democracy and global responsibility at a Protestant conference as the country marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

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