Published: Wed, May 31, 2017
Medical | By Carla Vaughn

Trump Fail to Stand Behind Article 5 at NATO Summit

Trump Fail to Stand Behind Article 5 at NATO Summit

During last year's Republican primary campaign, Trump alleged, "NATO is costing us a fortune" and is "obsolete" because other nations aren't pulling their weight.

Trump's failure to commit to honoring Article 5 if a U.S. ally is attacked has come as Russian Federation has become more militarily assertive.

"Two percent is the bare minimum for confronting today's very real and very vicious threats", Trump said.

TAORMINA, Italy European Council President Donald Tusk said on Friday he was "positively surprised" by Donald Trump's support for the EU as it manages Britain's departure, adding the USA president had agreed Brexit was just "an incident and not a threat".

Trump also failed to endorse NATO's agreement that an attack on one of its member nations signifies an attack on all of them. We're not playing cutesy with this.

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

During his meeting with the two top European Union officials, Trump launched a salvo against Germany and its auto sales in the United States, Der Spiegel reported.

"My main message to President Trump was that what gives our cooperation and friendship its deepest meaning are fundamental Western values, like freedom, human rights and respect for human dignity", Tusk said.

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Trump, who unlike other leaders at the summit is not planning to address reporters, did not respond to shouted questions as to whether the United Kingdom can trust the USA with sensitive material.

Montenegro will officially become a member of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (the 29th country) in June.In addition, during the "family photograph" of the leaders, Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trident encouraged his counterparts to greet the cameras.

"I do not think it was just for the home public". "It was completely benign". I prefer to have 5,000 troops from the United States in Poland.

Ms Merkel, who stood emotionless during the speech, earlier issued her own challenge to the U.S. president, saying that member states including Germany had already pledged to work toward the 2 per cent target by 2024 and that outlays on security more generally also count toward the goal.

At the same time, Trump has said he wants to "make good deals" with Russian Federation in order to reduce current global sanctions on the latter for its annexation of Crimea.

And while the president's persistence on this issue irks some European allies, NATO's Secretary General agreed members must spend more with terrorism being a worldwide threat. "Germany stands strong in this point and I'll make that clear".

Speaking in front of a twisted shard of the World Trade Center at NATO's gleaming new headquarters in Brussels, Trump upbraided America's longtime allies for "not paying what they should be paying".

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