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Awkward moment when Trump pushes a prime minister at NATO conference

Clarence Schmidt | 27 May, 2017, 03:04

So Trump solved the problem by reaching out and putting his hand on Markovic's upper arm, and shoving him aside forcefully.

But perhaps the strangest of all was a clip that very quickly went viral of Trump shoving the prime minister of Montenegro so that he could be at the front of a group of leaders. -European relations since Trump took office.

Some of the discussions President Trump had in Brussels will follow him to his next stop: Sicily.

The moment - finally - broke off, and the men left the scene to enjoy a quick meal of veal fillet with Belgian chocolate mousse for dessert. The small former Yugoslav republic is slated to become NATO's 29th member next month.

In one nod to Trump, NATO leaders are due to agree later on Thursday for the Western military bloc to join the US-led, 68-nation coalition against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

The allies hoped that it would prompt Trump to reassure them of United States commitment to uphold the aliance's collective defence pact, known as Article 5, which enshrines NATO's founding principle that an attack against one ally is considered as an attack against all allies.

"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 and not paying in those past years", declared the US commander-in-chief.

"You have thousands of people pouring into our various countries... and in many cases we have no idea who they are... we must be strong and we must be vigilant."

He scolded other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders and challenged them to pay their "fair share" of defense spending.

Donald Trump's first trip overseas as president has already taken him to Saudi Arabia, Israel, the West Bank of the Palestinian territories, the Vatican before arriving in Brussels.

Trump himself has previously been criticised for what appear to be aggressive handshakes with world leaders.

Macron's meeting with Trump was his first biggest diplomatic test since his victory May 8, 2017.

Even when a moment created to affirm some of America's basic principles is dangled before him, President Donald Trump has a way of batting it aside. He faced accusation from the United Kingdom of leaking sensitive intelligence.

But Trump is set to face pressure from British Prime Minister Theresa May over leaks to the United States media of details of the probe into the Manchester attack.

Experts and former USA officials, stunned at the omissions, slammed Trump.

His comments come hours after reports emerged in German media that U.S. President Donald Trump described Germans as "very bad" and threatened to block German auto imports to the U.S.

And while Trump made rhetorical nods toward common defense, speaking of "the commitments that bind us together as one" and saying the U.S.

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