Published: Sat, May 27, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

Trump says North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to get 'stronger' as members step up payments


But Mr Markovic, Montenegro's leader who was pushed out of the way, took the high ground, dismissing claims that Mr Trump's behaviour was insulting.

The act was being widely denounced online.

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 per cent of their gross domestic product on defence. During last year's Republican primary campaign, Trump alleged, "NATO is costing us a fortune" and is "obsolete" because other nations aren't pulling their weight.

The rebuke was being criticized by opponents.

President Donald Trump said some foolish things as a candidate about the United States' commitment to our North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, but his blunt speech at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters on Thursday, in which he said other member nations must carry more of the load, was overdue.

The NATO mission of Montenegro, which is joining the Western military alliance against stiff opposition from Russian Federation, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. But according to Gary Cohn, whose role as National Economic Council director involves cleaning up his boss's messes, Trump totally didn't mean what he said.

Pres. Trump omits defense pact in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation speech
While nearly all the European leaders watching the President had awkward expressions on their faces, others were snickering. An anti-terror coordinator may also be named.

Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that joining the US -led anti-Islamic State coalition "will send a strong political message of NATO's commitment to the fight against terrorism and also improve our coordination within the coalition". "This call for driving out terrorism is a message I took to a historic gathering of Arab and Muslim leaders across the region, hosted by Saudi Arabia", the president said.

The allies hoped that it would prompt Trump to reassure them of United States commitment to uphold the aliance's collective defence pact, known as Article 5, which enshrines NATO's founding principle that an attack against one ally is considered as an attack against all allies.

"Wow. Trump shoves Montenegro's leader to get to the front of the group at NATO Summit", said another user.

G7 leaders are sure to talk more about relations with Russian Federation, and how President Trump's "America First" stance is reshaping USA foreign policy.

However, Trump spokesman Sean Spicer said, "I have not seen the video", when asked to comment on the incident, USA Today reported.

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