Trump, G-7 peers seek deals on terrorism, trade, climate


After all, considering that his remarks amount to fair and accurate complaints that the United States is paying for more than it is receiving, perhaps this is a good time to point out that the American people deserve to get what they paid for with their votes.

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

The NATO of the future must include a great focus on terrorism and immigration, as well as threats from Russian Federation and on NATO's eastern and southern borders.

However, EU officials believe Trump has come to appreciate more since taking office the value of European integration to US interests. The Soviet Union no longer exists, at least not in that form - making the alliance obsolete, just as Trump said during his presidential campaign.

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.

"That would be important if the president personally and explicitly states it", said Latvian Foreign Ministry State Secretary Andrejs Pildegovics, who was in Brussels for the meeting.

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Donald Trump's Brussels speech may not have been pretty, but its forceful impact will likely be felt for many years to come.

Moreover, the White House had sent recent signals that the United States would stay in NATO's mutual defense pact, known as Article 5, which had been invoked just once before: after the terror attack of September 11, 2001.

And while the liberal mainstream media have tripped all over themselves to dispute President Trump's claim, they did not disagree with that claim when it was made by President Obama in his April 2016 interview with The Atlantic.

Several European leaders will get the chance to meet Trump again at the G7 summit, which takes place May 26-27 in Sicily.

But while Trump lectured some of the United States' strongest allies, he cozied up to the repressive regime in Saudi Arabia while pushing for the Arab world to root out extremism at home. Trump is also going against the grain on trade with more protectionist stand. President Trump met with European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in a meeting that lasted 75 minutes.

Tusk said pointedly that the West needs to concentrate on "values, not just interests".

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"He offered the opportunity to open up the conversation, he yielded to all of the leaders in the room, wanting to hear their opinions on trade", Cohn told reporters. Tusk added there were also differences over climate and trade.

The aftermath of that attack in Manchester, England, has produced further tension, as a British official said that police have decided not to share further information on the investigation due to leaks blamed on USA officials. 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.

"Having to reaffirm something by the very nature of being here and speaking at a ceremony about it is nearly laughable", Spicer said after the speech.

TAORMINA, Italy European Council President Donald Tusk said on Friday he was "positively surprised" by Donald Trump's support for the EU as it manages Britain's departure, adding the US president had agreed Brexit was just "an incident and not a threat".

Information for this article was contributed by Julie Pace, Jonathan Lemire, Lorne Cook, Raf Casert, Angela Charlton and Virginia Mayo of The Associated Press; and by Philip Rucker, Karen DeYoung and Michael Birnbaum of The Washington Post.

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