Trump pushes around NATO; lecture seen as unsettling alliance

Cheryl Sanders
May 26, 2017

"Terrorism must be stopped in its tracks or the horror we saw in Manchester and so many other places will continue forever", he said. An anti-terror coordinator may also be named.

As a presidential candidate, Trump railed against NATO's financial burden-sharing, suggesting the US might only come to the defense of countries that meet the alliance's guidelines - for committing 2 percent of their gross domestic product to military spending.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said leaders were set to approve a new NATO initiative by which each member would submit detailed annual reports on their progress toward increasing defense spending to support the organization.

"We are going to continue to strengthen our close partnership with Ukraine, to provide practical support, political support and also strong support, of course, for all efforts to try to make sure that we are really able to implement the Minsk agreements, and especially allowing the global monitors to be able to do their job", Stoltenberg told reporters in Brussels.


Montenegro will be the last of the countries with an Adriatic coastline to join North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and is also in talks to become a member state of the European Union. He added, "Many of these nations owe massive amounts of money from past years".

The U.K.is furious that American officials gave away the name of the suspected suicide bomber, and images of his improvised explosive device to US media, while British police race to prevent further attacks from the same network. Trump has also been accused of sharing sensitive information supplied by Israel with top Russian diplomats.

President Trump has made it abundantly clear that he likes to constantly assert his dominance.

The U.S. -British defence and security partnership "is built on trust".


During the leaders' joint photo shoot in the new building, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau encouraged his counterparts to wave for the cameras.

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. "Our NATO allies responded swiftly and decisively, invoking for the first time in its history the Article 5 collective defense commitments".

Despite Trump having backed Britain's Brexit vote previous year, it was all smiles at the headquarters of the European Union as Trump met the bloc's top two officials, Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker.


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