Wary allies await Trump at NATO summit in Brussels


President Trump will meet with the leaders of NATO Thursday, despite his past criticism of the alliance as "obsolete".

All NATO members are already individually members of the anti-ISIS coalition, and diplomats say that the move will have no actual effect, and seemingly is being done just for the sake of a "purely symbolic" gesture during President Trump's visit.

Leaders of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries are set to convene in Brussels on Thursday for a special meeting to discuss the fight against terrorism and the alliance's defence spending.

And surprisingly voters in Britain, one of NATO's most powerful military members, would also be reluctant to act with just under half - 45 per cent - saying we should defend our allies.

While Trump has offered reassurance, he has also made clear that compelling members to boost their financial commitment to the alliance remains a top priority. But only a handful of the 28 countries in the alliance actually meet that target. The American people are doing a lot for your security for our joint security.

In what is his first foreign trip as United States president, events have gone smoothly for Trump so far in his sojourns to Saudi Arabia and Israel.

Wherever Donald Trump goes, he is followed by supporters and protesters in equal measure, As he enters Europe, the latter are coming to the fore.

Attending the meetings will include the likes of German chancellor Angela Merkel and the recently elected French president Emmanuel Macron.

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"For their part, a solid majority of Americans say the USA should militarily defend a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally if embroiled in an armed conflict with Russian Federation".

"Our military commanders have asked for a few thousand more troops".

"NATO could do much more to fight terrorists and prevent worldwide terrorism from spreading", Mr Rasmussen said.

Tillerson said Wednesday that "the Afghan policy review is still a work in progress".

"Our meeting will show that all North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies remain united in the fight against terrorism in all its forms".

He has since softened his criticism but still wants North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to join the anti-Daesh coalition itself as an important gesture of support for the campaigns in Syria and Iraq.

Tillerson said joining the ISIS coalition "would be a really important step for them to take" and noted that the alliance has already "become more and more engaged in the actual fight to defeat ISIS".

A senior French diplomat said Paris was ready to accept North Atlantic Treaty Organisation joining the coalition fighting Islamic State, but that its role would be limited to training and intelligence, things allies were already involved in.