RFE/RL: Trump lectures NATO allies on defense spending

Lauren Perry
May 27, 2017

The leader of UKIP, Nigel Farage, a staunch supporter of Brexit, was one of the first foreign politicians to meet Donald Trump after his victory in the presidential election. And many of these nations owe massive amounts of money from past years and not paying in those past years.

"This will send a strong political message of NATO's commitment to the fight against terrorism", Stoltenberg said, stressing that it would not involve the alliance in a combat role.

Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that joining the US -led anti-ISIL coalition "will send a strong political message of NATO's commitment to the fight against terrorism and also improve our coordination within the coalition".

The leaders' meeting quickly expanded to wider talks where Trump also met with European Parliament President Antonio Tajani and EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini.

No Nato leaders were seen approaching Trump to speak with him on his way out from the photo shoot.

KEITH: That's where the sentence ended and is all Trump said in his speech about Article 5.

With long-standing European alliances facing new strain, President Donald Trump chastised North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member nations for not paying their fair share to protect the long-standing pact and declined to explicitly endorse its mutual defense agreement. During a visit to Saudi Arabia this week, he called Islam one of the world's great religions after declaring during the campaign that "Islam hates us". Trump has questioned its relevance and pushed members to do more to defend themselves.

Hinting at fairer share in defence spending by member-nations, Stoltenberg said: "We will take decisions to share more fairly the burden of our security". He added, "We will never forsake the friends who stood by our side".

"Several NATO allies are training, providing support to the Peshmerga and of course NATO being part of the coalition, we will also take part in the deliberations and the coordination of different activities providing support to the Peshmerga", he responded.

Finishing off a long day, Trump arrived late Thursday night in Sicily for meetings Friday with leaders from the Group of 7 wealthy nations. The summit marks Trump's final stop on his first global trip as president, which began in Saudi Arabia and Israel, where he was warmly greeted by the countries' leaders.

British officials are particularly angry that photos detailing evidence about the bomb used in the Manchester attack were published in The New York Times, although it's not clear that the paper obtained the photos from us officials.

Markovic told a journalist in Brussels that it was only "natural" that Trump should be in the front row, as the USA is NATO's biggest member by far.

British officials are particularly angry that photos detailing evidence about the bomb used in the Manchester attack were published.

President Trump has ordered the Justice Department to investigate the source of those leaks.

President Donald Trump will return to Washington having rattled some allies and reassured others, but his White House still sits under a cloud of scandal.

Tusk had earlier said there were differences on climate change and trade but above all Russian Federation. He also said the European Union stands for "freedom, democracy, the rule of law, and respect for human rights".

Trump also held talks with new French President Emmanuel Macron, with the pair appearing to engage in a brief yet freakish battle to see who could shake hands the hardest.

Other reports by VgToday

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