Donald Trump Tweets 'Money Is Beginning To Pour In' To NATO

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 27, 2017

White House spokesman Sean Spicer, asked about Trump moving past Markovic, said he had not seen the video but assumed the US president was moving to his designated spot.

The details were outlined after a one-day summit in Brussels which included Trump and leaders from the western alliance.

While condemning the Manchester bombing as a "barbaric and vicious attack" the president notably did not reaffirm Article 5 of the NATO treaty, the group's bedrock agreement that an attack on one one ally is an attack on all.

"Twenty-three of the 28 nations are still not paying what they should be paying and what they're supposed to be paying for their defense", Trump said.

"This is not fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States, and many of these nations owe massive amounts of money from past years".

Stoltenberg said 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". "He is fully committed", Spicer said.

Last year, Trump threatened to abandon USA allies in Europe if they did not spend enough on defense, 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.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, meanwhile, struck an entirely different note.

"It's time for him to have an intimate discussion and understand their issues but, more importantly, for them to understand our issues", national economic adviser Gary Cohn told reporters on Air Force One late Thursday.

In the Middle East, President Donald Trump was feted with pageantry, the leaders of Saudi Arabia and Israel seemingly in competition to outdo the other with the warmth of their welcomes and the depth of their pledges of cooperation.

Later, as they took the traditional "family photo" group shot, the heads of state quietly kept their distance from Trump, who minutes earlier was caught on video appearing to push the prime minister of Montenegro out of the way to get to his spot. Tusk, who previously has expressed concern about the new USA administration, said he and Trump agreed on counterterrorism, but did not see eye to eye on a number of other issues, including climate change, trade and Russian Federation.

Trump, a real estate magnate, called the building "beautiful" and joked that he did not dare ask how much it cost.

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