Trump scolds fellow NATO leaders: Spend more for military

Henrietta Brewer
May 26, 2017

There have been some self-inflicted wounds, most notably Trump's decision to field a journalist's question to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about concerns over the president's decision to share with Russian Federation some classified intelligence that had been obtained by Israel.

But one senior diplomat said Trump, who left the leaders' dinner before it ended to fly to Italy for Friday's Group of Seven summit, said the remarks did not go down well at all.

Trudeau suggested the role that Canada now plays in fighting terrorism is through its membership in the so-called Five Eyes, an intelligence-sharing alliance that also includes the U.S., the U.K., Australia and New Zealand.

The aftermath of that attack in Manchester, England, has produced further tension, as a British official said that police have decided not to share further information on the investigation due to leaks blamed on USA officials.

President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron reportedly shook hands in a tense, white-knuckled embrace. Afterwards, he "was left largely on his own after the speech as leaders mingled and laughed with each other, leaving the USA president to stand silently on a stage". But 23 of the 28 member nations are still not paying what they should be paying and what they are supposed to be paying for their defense.

Another Democrat, Rep. Jared Huffman of California, more subtly critiqued Trump's decorum at the summit, retweeting a video showing Trump pushing aside another leader. Just like his position on the European Union, the president has recently shifted gears, praising NATO's necessity.

"I think you can expect the president to be very tough on them, saying, 'Look the spending 4 per cent". The NATO summit comes as reports surface that British police are withholding intelligence from the United States after leaks to us media about the Manchester bombing investigation, and weeks after Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russians about operations against the Islamic State. Traveling on Air Force One this week, Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson told reporters, "Of course we support Article 5".

The ceremony in Brussels dedicated a memorial to the only time North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has invoked that automatic defense clause - after the September 11, 2001, attacks - when those same North Atlantic Treaty Organisation nations came the America's defense by sending troops to Afghanistan and elsewhere.

An anti-terror coordinator may also be named.

The summit marks Trump's final stop on a maiden global trip that began in Saudi Arabia and Israel, where the president was warmly embraced by the countries' leaders.

Those rallies will likely take place outside the heavily guarded security perimeter near the city's airport and downtown. Obviously, Trump was bedazzled by the kingdom's hospitality, but none of the Saudi opulence and money can whitewash Saudi Arabia's bad record of fueling Wahhabi terrorism, carrying out record numbers of public beheadings, contributing to starvation in Yemen, and withholding many basic rights for Saudi women and girls.

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