George W. Bush's NATO ambassador slams Trump's visit with the alliance


"Members of the alliance must finally contribute their fair share and meet their financial obligations", Trump said.

"We will never waiver in our determination to defeat terrorism and achieve lasting security, prosperity and peace", Trump said in the speech before a dinner with leaders. In fact, he used that word six times in one interview in March 2016, to describe the worldwide military alliance.Tusk also said he did not feel he and Trump were on exactly the same page in terms of dealing with Russian President Vladimir Putin, although they agreed on efforts to end conflict in Ukraine which the West blames on Moscow and which has resulted in both European Union and US economic sanctions on Russia. "This is not fair to the people and the taxpayers of the United States".

White House spokesperson Sean Spicer, when asked about Trump moving past Markovic, said he had not seen the video but assumed the U.S. president was moving to his designated spot.

Besides reportedly telling EU leaders the Germans were "bad, very bad" on trade, Trump and his team shocked the Europeans by their ignorance of the bloc's trade policy, according to Süddeutsche Zeitung, repeatedly suggesting America had different trade deals with Germany and Belgium. President Trump met with European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in a meeting that lasted 75 minutes. "It is highly informal, highly interactive and they speak in very colloquial language to each other", said John Kirton, director of the G-7 Research Group at the University of Toronto.

His pending review of USA climate policies and decision not to make up his mind before Taormina has braced environmentalists for the possibility of bland language that says little after years of increasingly stronger commitments to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and emissions of in greenhouse gases under the Paris Agreement. U.S. is so far the largest contributor on defence, pulling in $664 billion in 2016, that is more than double the rest of all North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries combined. "This plain speaking is something we have seen before and he expressed clearly an expectation that European allies and Canada should invest more in defense".

It's a reminder of NATO's commitment to its collective defence clause - so-called Article 5 - which commits allies to defend any of the 28 members that come under attack. "If NATO countries made their full and complete contributions, then NATO would be even stronger than it is today".

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On this fourth and penultimate stop on Trump's nine-day trip, the first overseas travel of his presidency, Trump did not appear to find the near adulation he experienced from Arab leaders in Saudi Arabia, and from the Israeli government in Jerusalem.

NATO's chief affirmed that the alliance would join the global coalition fighting the Islamic State group, but will not wage direct war against the extremists.

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

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.

The president will also see U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May who Thursday spoke to him about leaks from US officials regarding the Manchester attack.