Trump getting attention for shoving world leader

Cheryl Sanders
May 26, 2017

"It is simply a harmless situation", he told reporters after the summit.

But he said in April that it was "no longer obsolete" after many allies - following repeated exhortations by senior US officials earlier this year - started making plans to increase their military spending and incorporate counterterrorism into NATO's mission.

His silence on this matter also puts him at odds with his secretary of defense, secretary of state, and national security adviser, who have all gone out of their way to express this commitment-reviving the question of just who controls USA foreign policy.

Juncker quipped in response that he was ready to encourage independence movements by states in the U.S. if Trump failed to tone down his Brexit support. Leaders will agree to submit annual action plans laying out how they plan to meet NATO's spending goals.

Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday that joining "will send a strong political message of NATO's commitment to the fight against terrorism and also improve our coordination within the coalition".

Trump has previously criticized NATO, stating NATO members must "pay their fair share" - citing the NATO member commitment to spend 2 percent of GDP on defense that not all countries have met.

Last year, Trump threatened to abandon USA allies in Europe if they did not spend enough on defence, comments that were particularly unnerving for the ex-Soviet Baltic states on Russia's border which fear Moscow might try a repeat of its 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimea.

Another big item on the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation agenda is Trump's challenge to other countries to up their military spending.

Trump has recently softened his criticism.

Trump had previously backed Britain's vote to leave and said it would be good for both Britain and the EU. The move, which is expected during Thursday's meeting, is symbolically important, especially since the terror group claimed responsibility Tuesday for a deadly explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England.

The blast killed 22 people and injured about 60 others.

"There are many, many occasions upon which we have directly participated and in other occasions directly benefited form information-sharing between security agencies and at the highest level".

Twenty-three of the Global Coalition's partners have over 9,000 troops in Iraq and Syria in support of the effort to defeat IS, while its air assets have conducted more than 19,000 strikes on IS targets.

Trump has leverage to gain concessions from Europe both over NATO's anti-terrorism activities and over allies' defense expenditure because European officials are genuinely anxious about his commitment to the alliance, not least its mutual-defense provision, said Berzina.

The NATO summit began with a solemn ceremony inaugurating two monuments at the new headquarters: one with two sections of the Berlin Wall that divided the German city until 1989, and another formed from a piece of World Trade Center 1, a steel beam from the 107th floor of one of the towers downed by al-Qaida extremists on September 11, 2001.

On May 24, hundreds gathered at a Brussels trains station with banners and placards denouncing Trump as a sexist and a racist and accusing him of ignoring climate change and social issues.

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