Trump talks tough to allies at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels


The US president was caught on camera jostling Montenegrin Prime Minister Dusko Markovic out of the way to secure a prominent spot for a photo opportunity as North Atlantic Treaty Organisation heads of state gathered on Thursday (May 25) in Brussels.

A smiling Donald Trump offered European Union chiefs assurances on security in Brussels on Thursday, May 25 but EU officials did not hide lingering differences with the USA president over Russian Federation, trade and climate change, Reuters reports.

Unveiling a memorial to the 9/11 attacks at NATO's new headquarters yesterday, Trump also urged the alliance to get tougher on tackling terrorism and immigration in the wake of the Manchester attack.

President Donald Trump is at the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis, the famously humble pontiff with whom he has publicly clashed. But some of the trust that fuels such meetings was undermined by a leak of British intelligence in the Manchester attack blamed on a USA official, annoying British officials.

"Intelligence that is shared between law enforcement agencies must remain secure", May said.

He said Trump had a few days ago signed a USA budget proposal to hike spending on U.S. forces in Europe by 40 percent, in what Stoltenberg called "the best demonstration of commitment to the alliance".

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On Thursday, President Donald Trump went to NATO headquarters in Brussels, where he had a series of awkward encounters and gave a speech that seemed to have the United States' NATO allies either snickering or worrying. Trump does not acknowledge him.

Separately, Trump vowed to crack down on leaks that led British police to withhold information from the United States about the investigation into this week's concert bombing. Last year, only five of the 28 countries met the 2 percent goal: the U.S., Greece, Britain, Estonia and Poland.

A spokesman for Mr Juncker, president of the European Commission, which had been negotiating a free trade deal with Washington known as the TTIP before Mr Trump's upset election victory, said the two sides would work to increase trade.

Trump, who unlike other leaders at the summit has no plans to formally address reporters, ignored shouted questions about whether the United Kingdom can trust the US with sensitive material.

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

The Times has been the frequent target of attacks by Trump, who has called the newspaper "fake news" and "failing". An anti-terror coordinator may also be named.