Trump's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation debut does little to assure allies

Mr Tusk said he had been "positively surprised" by the USA president's take on Britain's decision to leave the European Union when they met in Brussels on Thursday.

European leaders have been urging Trump not to abandon the USA commitment to cutting greenhouse gas emissions made when his predecessor Barack Obama signed up to the U.N. Paris accord.

Trump once proclaimed global warming a Chinese hoax.

As he tried to reach the front of the group, Montenegro's Prime Minister Dusko Markovic was standing in his way. Most recent was the disclosure of comments made by Juncker following Brexit talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May, in which he described her as living in a "different galaxy".

During his campaign, Trump said he would cancel the climate agreement and stop all US payments to United Nations global warming programs. Trump pulled Macron's hand close, and Macron laughed as he patted Trump on the arm. Only five members now meet the target, but the other nations are committed to the goal by 2024.

Kushner's multiple roles in Trump's campaign and his contacts with Russian officials adds a new, increasingly personal dynamic to the federal probe for Trump: touching not only a member of his senior White House staff for the first time since Flynn was sacked, but also a member of his family. Lots of very important matters under discussion. "First on the list, of course, is terrorism".

It would have been better if Trump had coupled that message - pay up, folks - with a more explicit expression of the United States' commitment to the alliance. But his volatile style could upend even summit decisions.

The G-7 members were still wrestling over a statement on trade and whether it would condemn protectionism, as previous group statements have.

He said Trump had a few days ago signed a USA budget proposal to hike spending on U.S. forces in Europe by 40 percent, in what Stoltenberg called "the best demonstration of commitment to the alliance".

With the world's spotlight fixed on President Trump during his first trip overseas, every handshake, thumbs-up, smile, and shove has been analyzed by viewers around the world. He has also dubbed North Atlantic Treaty Organisation as obsolete, though he softened his stance towards the defense alliance recently, and criticized German Chancellor Angela Merkel for her open door immigration policy.

"Throughout the trip he looked uncomfortable and isolated, others looked surprised or distant", presidential historian Julian Zelizer of Princeton wrote in an email.

But Mr Markovic, Montenegro's leader who was pushed out of the way, took the high ground, dismissing claims that Mr Trump's behaviour was insulting.

Leaders from the G-7 countries were expected to gather at the San Domenico Palace Hotel on Saturday morning.

From handshakes to hand swats, here are the top four awkward body language moments from Trump's first trip overseas.

After the G-7 summit of economically advanced countries, the president will address American troops on an Italian base before departing for home. He faced accusation from the United Kingdom of leaking sensitive intelligence.

Trump came to Brussels direct from a meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican, after visiting Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Palestinian Territories.


Popular
  • BBC reporter: United Kingdom interior minister "confident" Manchester attack leaks will end

    White House officials have said the leaked details of that meeting by intelligence officials are similarly under investigation. Police in Dusseldorf later confirmed that Abedi transited through the airport but remained in a secure zone.
    Barrick Gold Corp (ABX) Rating Reiterated by Royal Bank of Canada

    Barrick Gold Corp (ABX) Rating Reiterated by Royal Bank of Canada

    Equities research analysts anticipate that Barrick Gold Corp will post $0.73 earnings per share for the current fiscal year. This company shares are 32.11% off its target price of $21.52 and the current market capitalization stands at $18.99B.
    Pope Francis to make Fatima child shepherds saints

    Pope Francis to make Fatima child shepherds saints

    Today, the Argentine-born Pope Francis will join about a million Catholic pilgrims for a two-day celebration of the "visitation". Pope Francis leads a candle light vigil prayer at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima Friday, May 12 2017 , in Fatima, Portugal .
  • Facing anxious European leaders, Trump goes on offensive

    The G7 is an informal forum on global governance comprising the United States, Canada, France, Britain, Germany, Italy and Japan. The event will discuss climate change and Russian Federation sanctions in what could prove to be more stumbling blocks.

    Cher performs in pasties at Billboard Music Awards

    Blake Shelton won top country artist and showed love for his beau and fellow singer Gwen Stefani. He walked away with 13 awards, surpassing Adele as the artist with most BBMA wins in one night.
    Spurs' Leonard will not play Game 3 against Warriors

    Spurs' Leonard will not play Game 3 against Warriors

    He's shooting an overall 28 percent in the Western Conference Final. "But that's about all they said about Leonard", Rohlin said. About a decade back, Pachulia locked horns with Kevin Garnett in a heated exchange during Game 4 of a playoff series.
  • Trump's Budget Hurts Women More Than Men, And No One Is Surprised

    Trump's Budget Hurts Women More Than Men, And No One Is Surprised

    Trump repeatedly promised voters during the campaign that Mexico would pay for the wall, a notion that Mexican officials rejected. Numerous voters who propelled Trump into the presidency last November would see significantly less from the federal government.
    Canberra Raiders' Josh Papalii named in Queensland Maroons' State of Origin side

    Canberra Raiders' Josh Papalii named in Queensland Maroons' State of Origin side

    Meanwhile, Thurston's record run of 36 straight Origins may have come to an end after he was named as 18th man. He was one of Queensland's best past year when they won the opening two games of the series.
    Celtics power past Wizards in Game 7, 115-105

    Celtics power past Wizards in Game 7, 115-105

    They'll be looking for a similar outcome after Game 1 , as they look maintain their status as the Eastern Conference's top dog. Little did he know that Monday night, during Game 7 against the Washington Wizards , the Legend of Olynyk would come to life.
  • 'Nice to show our muscle' at Kansas - Blaney

    'Nice to show our muscle' at Kansas - Blaney

    It all came down to the restarts, and that's when Truex was at his best, especially on the final restart with two laps remaining. But it was really whoever got in front and got the lead at that point, and he was really fast in that little final stage.
    FBI misses deadline to turn over Comey memos on Trump

    FBI misses deadline to turn over Comey memos on Trump

    Chaffetz said that it is not his intent to "impede or interfere" in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. McMaster said "we have back channel communications with a number of countries".
    Texas women tied for 13th at NCAA Championship

    Texas women tied for 13th at NCAA Championship

    Wallace started with a one-shot lead over Bevins and Ban in the overall tournament, and a three-shot lead over Pavan Sagoo of St. Freshman Ryan Davis (Berkeley Heights, N.J.) matched Miller's last two rounds of 69 and 68 to finish tied for eighth at 1-under.

CONNECT