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Trump pushes North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leader aside to get to front of the group

Debra Rodriguez | 27 May, 2017, 01:59

U.S. President Donald Trump has rebuked his fellow alliance leaders for not being "fair" to the U.S. taxpayers.

The ensuing handshake proved to be quite a spectacle, with the American demonstrating his signature energetic manoeuvrings, and seeming reluctant to let go.

But Mr Markovic, Montenegro's leader who was pushed out of the way, took the high ground, dismissing claims that Mr Trump's behaviour was insulting. We can but wait and see. "Many of these nations owe massive amounts of money from past years and not paying in those past years".

"Twenty-three of the 28 member nations are still not paying what they should be paying and what they're supposed to be paying for their defence", Trump declared, as the leaders shifted uncomfortably behind him, shooting one another sidelong glances.

Arriving at Nato, May said she would "make clear to President Trump that intelligence which is shared between our law enforcement agencies must remain secure". But Anton said he could not speak for a smaller meeting with Trump, Tusk and the president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker.

Trump has publicly scolded some of America's most loyal allies for not paying their fair share of NATO's defense initiatives.

"These leaks have been going on for a long time and my administration will get to the bottom of this", Trump said in a written statement.

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The summit in Taormina, Sicily, starting on Friday "will be the first real opportunity for the worldwide community to force the United States to show its hand on protectionism and environmental policy", Dr Tristen A Naylor of the G7 Research Group, a think tank, said.

However, in his public comments, Trump did not offer specific assurances on Article 5.

His pending review of US climate policies has left environmentalists bracing for the possibility of bland G-7 promises that says little after years of increasingly stronger commitments to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and cut greenhouse gas emissions. Other meetings over the two days will include discussions of global economy and climate, a meeting with small African nations - Trump will be seated between the leaders of Niger and Tunisia - and migration issues.

"It is natural that the President of the United States is in the front row".

Trump, who is a week into his first foreign trip as president, noted that many North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members also owed "massive amounts of money from past years".

Allies made a pledge in 2014 to meet the 2% spending target by 2024 as a response to the Ukraine crisis.

The unusually pointed remarks at the dedication of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's gleaming new headquarters showed the limits of Trump's recent warming to the almost 70-year-old organization, which, as a candidate, he lambasted as obsolete. "I refuse to do so". The underlying tensions with European allies were in contrast to the mutual embrace that Trump enjoyed in Israel and with Sunni Arab leaders during the trip's first half.

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