Protests Target Both NATO and Trump in Brussels

Nick Mcbride
May 26, 2017

"We agreed on many areas, first and foremost on counter-terrorism", Tusk said after he and European Union chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker met Trump for over an hour.

Trump faced protests on his arrival in Brussels but he is getting a red-carpet welcome from Western allies eager to persuade him that his earlier harsh criticisms of them were misplaced.

Trump is expected at NATO's new, billion-dollar headquarters where he will unveil a memorial to the September 11, 2001, attacks on NY and Washington.

A new strain emerged on the relationship between the USA and a key European ally: a British official said Thursday that police in Manchester will stop sharing information about their bombing investigation with the us until they get a guarantee that there will be no more leaks to the news media.

This club, with main headquarters in Brussels and military HQ in Mons, Belgium, is open to any European nation that wants to join and can meet the requirements and obligations.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ambassadors agreed on Wednesday for the Western military alliance to join the US-led, 68-nation coalition against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, paving the way for a formal endorsement by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders.

The summit will also be a first for newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron. She said they are keen for Trump to show unequivocal support for collective defense at the summit.

The EU was also a party to the Iran nuclear agreement, which Trump has criticized sharply.

The president's Brussels meeting with the leaders will be the fourth stop on his inaugural overseas trip.

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In the heat of the United States election campaign in 2016, Trump rankled European leaders by predicting that other countries "will leave" the EU after Britain voted to do so in June.

US Defense Secretary James Mattis, Chief Economic Advisor Gary Cohn, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson accompanied Trump.

"These leaks have been going on for a long time and my administration will get to the bottom of this", said the statement, which promised a Justice Department review.

President Trump apparently thinks lines are for losers.

While in Belgium, Trump will unveil a memorial to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the only time in the alliance's history that the Article 5 mutual defence pledge has been invoked.

Trump's wife Melania, meanwhile, is set to visit a museum dedicated to the surrealist artist Rene Magritte and a leading leather store while in Brussels. "Values and principles first, this is what Europe and America should be saying".

One European official told BuzzFeed News their government had rather low expectations as far as the USA position on multilateral questions like trade and climate was concerned, and weren't expecting the U.S. to change its position significantly at the G7 Summit in Sicily.

The high-profile trip has diverted attention from Trump's domestic pressures amid the probe into alleged Russian ties with his campaign.

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