Trump says defending North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally Montenegro could lead to World War III

19 July, 2018, 21:01 | Author: Myra Gill
  • PRESIDENT TRUMP: 'The FAKE NEWS is Going Crazy'

Trump was already receiving low marks and a cold reception for his remarks at the summit, but the lack of etiquette opened a fresh round of criticism for the president on his first trip representing the US overseas.

Days after a widely slammed summit with his Russian counterpart, President Donald Trump drew fresh scorn Wednesday for calling NATO's undergirding principle into question and for attacking "tiny" Montenegro, whose accession to the alliance enraged Moscow.

The two particularly honed in on NATO Article 5, the alliance provision that asks all member nations to provide mutual defense if any one of them, even a new member like Montenegro, comes under attack.

Trump remarked that USA involvement in defending a small country, such as Montenegro, could trigger a world war.

"We call on President Trump not to worry about the non-existent war ambitions of Montenegro, but to try to understand our democratic system", the party said in a statement, before blaming the ruling Democratic Party of Socialists and Prime Minister Dusko Markovic for damaging Podgorica's image overseas.

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"By the way, they're very strong people - they're very aggressive people", Trump said. "They are very aggressive people, they may get aggressive, and congratulations, you are in World War III". It was used as an example by Tucker Carlson during an interview on Fox News. Carlson asked in the interview, which was recorded Monday after Trump's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. In true Trump fashion, the president took the opportunity to just kind of. freestyle on the idea of Montenegro for a few seconds.

For a government that pushed hard for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation membership - selling accession to the alliance as a guarantee of future security despite huge internal opposition among a people that had briefly been the target of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation bombing in 1999 - Trump's implication that the strategic state is unworthy of defence has both beggared belief and elicited disappointment.

Since joining the alliance, Montenegro has sent troops to a NATO-led mission in Afghanistan. Perhaps we should give Trump the benefit of the doubt, and assume that he was drawing a lesson from history.

At the same time, Montenegro has indeed had tensions with Russia, with the small country experiencing what it has described as an attempt by Russian nationalists to kill its prime minister in 2016.

"It was very unfair, they weren't paying". While it does have a coast, it's hard to imagine a port in Montenegro posing a direct challenge to Russian Federation.


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