Trump promises crackdown on leaks

Cheryl Sanders
May 27, 2017

On social media, among Mr Trump's most vocal critics was author JK Rowling, the creator of Harry Potter.

In a presidential statement issued while Trump was at the ceremony, he called the Manchester leaks "deeply troubling", vowed to "get to the bottom" of them and called for a full investigation by USA agencies.

The leaders' meeting quickly expanded to wider talks where Trump also met with European Parliament President Antonio Tajani and EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini.

"This will send a strong political message of Nato's commitment to the fight against terrorism", Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters ahead of Trump's meeting with the alliance's other 27 leaders.

Under the NATO treaty, members of the alliance must commit 2% of their GDP to defense spending, a benchmark that only five of the alliance's 28 members now meet.

During a speech at NATO's new headquarters, Trump went on an off-script tangent in which he criticized North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies who he felt were not paying enough into the organization, despite the payments being set based on the individual country's domestic spending.

Trump said that the United States had spent more on defence in the last nine years than all the other members together. "Canada's Justin Trudeau, stone-faced", she continued before touting the response from Germany's chancellor.

In return they are hoping for a public display of commitment from Trump to Article 5, the alliance's one-for-all collective defence pledge.

"I have been very very direct with [NATO Secretary] Secretary Stoltenberg and members of the alliance in saying NATO members must finally contribute their fair share and meet their financial obligations", he said.

There was also friction with British Prime Minister Theresa May after United Kingdom intelligence furiously blamed the USA for leaking evidence photos from the Manchester bombing to the New York Times. But I must say, it is natural for the president of the United States to be in the first row.

Interestingly, a few reports said that even before moving to Belgium, Trump called its capital, Brussels, a "hellhole".

Trump first cast doubt on the provision during his presidential campaign, shocking members of the alliance when he suggested the U.S. might only defend members of the alliance who "fulfill their obligations to us".

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