Friday, 24 November, 2017

Trump scolds NATO allies on their military spending

Connie Andrews | 27 May, 2017, 01:27

Authorities in Montenegro say they stopped a Russian-backed plot to kill Markovic's predecessor, which was aimed at preventing Montenegro from joining North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

Balkan Prime Minister Dusko Markovic is having none of it.

The video that captured a lot of social media attention shows Trump grasping Markovic's right arm and pushing him away.

"Had to apologize to a European defense attaché just now". Satisfied, Trump raised his chin, adjusted his jacket and surveyed the crowd before him.

However, the freaky moment was captured on camera and it went viral after it was uploaded to Twitter.

Montenegro is a small European country in the Balkans that was part of Yugoslavia until the civil war in 1992.

Montenegro, a nation of 600,000 people, is set to become NATO's 29th member on June 5, the third former Yugoslav republic to join the alliance after Slovenia and Croatia.

President Trump supported the U.K.'s decision to leave the European Union, while also stating that other countries should do the same. While there, he emphasized that all members of the organization should be paying the two percent of GDP obligation they agreed to, instead of just the handful that does.

World leaders will also look for clarity on Trump's trade policies, and whether the United States will assist allies with counterterrorism efforts as well as with the influx of Middle Eastern refugees into European countries.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg defended Trump, saying that although he was "blunt" he had "a very plain and clear message on the expectations" of allies. The summit marks Trump's final stop on a maiden worldwide trip that began in Saudi Arabia and Israel, where the president was warmly embraced by the countries' leaders. Footage went viral online showing Trump and France's youngest leader since Napoleon Bonaparte, locked in a prolonged hand grip contest that was meant as a handshake.

Brussels is the fourth stop on Trump's nine-day global trip, the first such trip of his presidency.

Trump was involved in other mishaps in Brussels on Thursday.

Mr Trump is already under fire at home for violating intelligence agreements, following a Washington Post report that he revealed sensitive information on the Islamic State, obtained from Israel, to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador to Washington. French President Emmanuel Macron, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni and British Prime Minister Theresa May will also be attending the elite club for the first time.

British investigators are now refusing to share information about the case with US law enforcement.

"The Germans are bad, very bad".

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