Despite Trump's comments about the country, the Montenegrin government said it remains committed to democracy and to a "permanent" relationship with the U.S. And Montenegrins are fearless people in those fights for its freedom.
Trump added to the uproar over his summit with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin when he said on Tuesday that the people of the tiny Balkan nation of Montenegro were "aggressive" and capable of triggering World War III. We are making friendships, and we have not lost any of them.
During his summit with other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries, Trump blasted allies and demanded that members increase their domestic defense spending to "2% of GDP IMMEDIATELY". "I've asked the same question", the United States president replied. They have very aggressive people. But he also affirmed USA commitment to Article 5 in June 2017, during a news conference with the president of Romania: "I'm committing the United States to Article 5, and certainly we are there to protect, and certainly that's one of the reasons that I want people to make sure we have a very, very strong force by paying the kind of money necessary to have that force".
The comment was not the first time that Trump had taken notice of Montenegro in a way that attracted oversized attention.
Back then, Markovic refused to make a fuss over the American president's manners.
Trump's views have some basis in history.
This Western drift has been steered by Montenegro's President Milo Djukanovic, who has led the country nearly without interruption since 1991. According to this extreme geopolitical program, Albanian ultra-nationalists seek to capture and annex parts of Macedonia, Serbia, Greece and Montenegro. Apparently for US President Donald Trump there is no reason.
As it happens, the governor of the USA state of Maine, Paul LePage, was visiting Montenegro in hopes of strengthening ties with business and political leaders when the president's interview aired.
A former province of communist Yugoslavia, Montenegro has only been fully independent since 2006. LePage says it originally focused on disaster relief, emergency management and border security.
His argument, crudely put, is this: Why should we risk a massive fight with this huge rival, just because some random little country that's barely pulling its weight couldn't keep its mouth shut? But Mr. Trump, despite apparently never objecting to Montenegro joining the alliance when he had the chance, appears to doubt that it's a great deal for the U.S. At the summit last week in Brussels, he demanded to know why other nations weren't spending as much as they should on defense. The organization calls for member nations to come to the aid of any ally that is attacked. In the last ten years, Russian Federation has invaded two independent, non-NATO countries - Georgia in 2008 and Ukraine in 2014.
Russia is a foe of Montenegro, and Russian mercenaries were believed to be behind a coup attempt in 2016.
But Mr. Trump may have a point about the downsides to extending defense guarantees to countries like Montenegro.