Trump appears to shove Montenegro PM at Nato meet

First lady Melania Trump and President Donald Trump arrive to greet French President Emmanuel Macron at the U.S. Embassy Thursday

Trump appears to shove Montenegro PM at Nato meet

President Donald Trump's meetings here were expected to be shaky, and they lived up to the hype. "He said, 'I don't have a problem with Germany, I have a problem with German trade'".

TRUMP: And many of these nations owe massive amounts of money from past years and not paying in those past years.

The Times has been the frequent target of attacks by Trump, who has called the newspaper "fake news" and "failing".

But instead, Trump scolded almost two-dozen North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members, accusing them of shirking their financial obligations to contribute at least 2 percent of their gross domestic product for the countries' mutual defense programs and warning them to pay "their fair share". During last year's Republican primary campaign, Trump alleged, "NATO is costing us a fortune" and is "obsolete" because other nations aren't pulling their weight.

Some fractures between the USA and its allies are visible on Mr. Trump's final stop, in sharp contrast to the warm reception he got in the Mideast, reports CBS News' Margaret Brennan.

"Our NATO allies responded swiftly and decisively", Trump said, "invoking for the first time in its history the Article 5 collective defense commitments".

Trump's public scolding was all the more remarkable, given that he has actually backed away from some of his most provocative comments on foreign policy issues since taking office.

Finally, he thanked the 9/11 Museum in NY for providing a section of the North Tower and the people of Germany for a section of the Berlin Wall to be displayed at the new NATO headquarters. Trump then stood near Markovic but spoke to Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite.

The president's chief economic adviser, Gary Cohn, told reporters the president will address what free and open trade means to his counterparts in Italy over the next two days.

"My main message to President Trump was that what gives our cooperation and friendship its deepest meaning are fundamental Western values, like freedom, human rights and respect for human dignity", Tusk said. Just like his position on the European Union, the president has recently shifted gears, praising NATO's necessity.Earlier, addressing a news conference in Brussels, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said alliance would join the worldwide coalition fighting the militants, but will not wage direct war against the extremists. "President Trump, during the campaign, had not shown a full commitment to that".

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