Monday, 26 June, 2017

You tiny, tiny man: Rowling to Trump on 'shoving' Montenegro PM

Steve Phelps | 27 May, 2017, 02:29

The 28 member nations, plus soon-to-join Montenegro, will renew an old vow to move toward spending 2 percent of their gross domestic product on defense by 2024.

The summit will kick off with a ceremony at an ancient Greek theatre perched on a cliff overlooking the sea, before the leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States begin talks on terrorism, Syria, North Korea and the global economy.

"Many of these countries owe massive amounts of money from past years", he said, adding that the target they had committed to - two per cent of each country's GDP to be spent on defence - was merely "the bare minimum".

Last year, Trump threatened to abandon US allies in Europe if they did not spend enough on defense, comments that were particularly unnerving for the ex-Soviet Baltic states on Russia's border which fear Moscow might try a repeat of its 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimea.

"This will send a strong political message of NATO's commitment to the fight against terrorism", NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters ahead of Trump's meeting with the alliance's other 27 leaders.

It was also notable that Trump refused to publicly reiterate USA commitment to NATO's mutual defense provision, Article 5, which had been invoked just once before: after the terror attack of September 11, 2001. After meeting with Trump, European Council President Donald Tusk noted, "I am not 100 percent sure that we can say. that we have a common position, a common opinion, about Russian Federation". That was former President Barack Obama in Berlin on Thursday alongside Angela Merkel.

Even the American NATO delegation was not expecting that Trump would stage one of his feared speeches, where he goes off on his own tangent.

Trump announced a review of "deeply troubling" USA intelligence leaks over the Manchester bombing, in which 22 people died, and warned that those responsible could face prosecution, the White House said.

President Donald Trump appeared to push himself past the prime minister of Montenegro during a tour of NATO's new headquarters Thursday.

As is usually the case, top officials were left to clean up the mess. "Congratulations. Great job", Trump said, according to the report.

Spicer said he had not seen the video but assumed the US president was moving to his designated spot. "We will stop this".

"But some issues remain open, like climate and trade".

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.

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