“The leaders discussed. shared challenges in fighting global terrorism”, the White House said in a statement.
European Union Council president Donald Tusk said talks with US President Donald Trump on Thursday revealed no “common position” on Russian Federation, a subject on which the US leader faces pressure at home. The ceremony started with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Mr. Trump dedicating a memorial that contains fragments of the Berlin Wall and a piece of twisted metal from the Twin Towers that fell on September 11, 2001.
The leaders’ meeting quickly expanded to wider talks where Trump also met with European Parliament President Antonio Tajani and EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini.
Trump, however, did not reaffirm America’s commitment to that clause.
The U.S. President’s omission of an explicit commitment to common defense has Russia’s neighbors anxious.
All 28 North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies are individual members of the 68-nation anti-ISIL coalition.
U.S President Donald Trump also attended the Heads of State meeting, which was his first visit to NATO’s headquarters.
“It seems Donald Trump did not want that anyone overshadows his presence at the summit”, said the Montenegro newspaper Vijesti.
He added that Trump and his top officials had previously voiced Article 5 support, including “personally” with Stoltenberg at their meeting in the United States in April. But Trump ignored him, acting as if nothing had happened as he looked ahead self-importantly, with pouting lips.
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Markovic told a journalist in Brussels that it was only “natural” that Trump should be in the front row, as the United States is NATO’s biggest member by far. “We don’t interpret things in the same way, but we spoke frankly”, he said. “The mood he conveyed is you guys are a bunch of freeloaders”. He added that the photo had pre-assigned positions for each leader, suggesting that Trump was only making his way to his assigned position. After the “family photo” group shot, the other leaders convivially walked down the narrow Sicilian streets to their luncheon.
A person familiar with the negotiations at the Group of Seven summit said that six members of the G-7 would stick with their endorsement of the Paris deal, and await a decision from the U.S.
White House spokesperson Sean Spicer, when asked about Trump moving past Markovic, said he had not seen the video but assumed the USA president was moving to his designated spot.
It’s the final day of the president’s nine-day trip. The U.S. inked a $110 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia and unveiled numerous business commitments in the region, though the White House never provided specific details about the scope of the agreements.