Trump, G7 peers seek deals on terrorism, trade, climate

by Antonio Miles May 27, 2017, 9:40
Trump, G7 peers seek deals on terrorism, trade, climate

After meeting with Trump on Thursday at the EU, European Council President Donald Tusk said he and the USA president agreed on the need to combat terrorism but some differences loomed large. After the European Union meeting, Trump had a private lunch with new French President Emmanuel Macron at the residence of the USA ambassador to Belgium, where Trump is staying in Brussels. Trump had supported Macron's fa. They voted for a candidate who said North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was obsolete and wound up a president who speaks of "the commitments that bind us together as one" and a "NATO of the future" that will "be even stronger than it is today, especially from the threat of terrorism".

President Donald Trump launched a salvo against Germany and its vehicle sales in the United States at a meeting with European Union leaders, German weekly Der Spiegel reported. They also were unable to come up with a deliverable, say on increasing NATO's counter-terrorism efforts, that Trump could celebrate as clearly as the Saudi arms deal.

President Trump got off to a strong start in Riyadh.

"The President Show" on Comedy Central depicted an exaggerated scene, replacing the Montenegro prime minister with the secretary general of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg.

But alas, Trump could not even bring himself to utter explicitly that the US supports Article 5 in his remarks at Brussels, which every single USA president has done since Harry Truman in 1949.

So, there is no real - honest - dispute that President Trump's words were true. "The last 16 years of interventionism have not made any of us safer".

Based on a statement from the White House, European leaders had expected that Trump would commit to the core mission of the alliance established in 1949 that bonds the United States and Europe based on the principle, known as Article 5, that an attack on one member state is an attack on all. "I refuse to do that", he said, invoking the issue by pretending not to talk about it. "But it is lovely", Trump said, drawing laughs and smiles. "People now think of Angela Merkel as the leader of the West".

Just as notable as what Trump said, however, is what he didn't say.

Not only would it be bad policy for the administration to essentially reward the Russians for meddling in last year's election, but the optics are just as bad as Trump and many of his associates - including Jared Kushner - are now under investigation for their questionable links to Moscow. Trump did mention Article 5 in his speech - it was unavoidable, given the memorial he was unveiling.

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TRUMP: We remember and mourn those almost 3,000 innocent people who were brutally murdered by terrorists on September 11, 2001.

Poland's foreign minister, Witold Waszczykowski, said the troop presence was proof of Washington's commitment.

It will notably focus on so-called foreign fighters who travel from Europe to train or fight with extremists in Iraq and Syria. An anti-terror coordinator may also be named.

Trump's discomfort has been particularly obvious in comparison to European leaders, who move easily in a pack.

Trump arrived in Sicily on Thursday, where he will attend a G7 summit. For some of the European leaders, testing Trump seemed to be as important as finding common ground with him.

"We remember and mourn those almost 3,000 innocent people who were brutally murdered by terrorists on September 11th, 2001", he said. He said unity must be found around values like freedom and human rights and dignity. Other meetings over the two days will include discussions of global economy and climate, a meeting with small African nations - Trump will be seated between the leaders of Niger and Tunisia - and migration issues. The NATO summit comes as reports surface that British police are withholding intelligence from the USA after leaks to the media about the Manchester bombing investigation, and weeks after Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russians about operations against the Islamic State.

Tusk, who has expressed concern before about the new USA administration, said he and Trump agreed on counterterrorism but did not see eye to eye on a number of issues, including climate, trade and Russian Federation.

Burns said he was "stunned" by the speech.

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