Trump Wonders Why U.S. Should Always Have To Defend NATO Allies

Lester Mason
July 19, 2018

Krivokapic, who served as president of the country of fewer than 1 million from 2006-2016, told the BBC that Trump was the "strangest" American president ever.

"Why should my son go to Montenegro to defend it from attack?"

As Think Progress noted on Tuesday, despite calling reporters into the Cabinet Room on Tuesday to clarify a slip of tongue he claims he made during the press conference - "The sentence should have been, 'I don't see any reason why I wouldn't or why it wouldn't be Russian Federation.'" - he didn't clarify that in interviews with Fox News recorded just after the Putin presser.

Responding to Trump's chiding comments, the liberal opposition United Reform Action (URA) party said there was nothing to suggest "Montenegrin citizens could participate, or cause any kind of incident that could lead to war conflicts". "I've asked the same question", Trump replied. "I think he's a very bad person".

"By the way, they're very strong people - they're very aggressive people", Trump said. Its military only numbers about 2,000 personnel.

"Trump sows further doubt whether the USA under his leadership would defend our allies". "So not only are we paying for most of it, but they weren't even paying and we're protecting them".

Senior Republican leader Senator John McCain, who has called Monday´s summit with President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki a "tragic mistake", said Trump was doing exactly what the Russian strongman wanted.

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McCain tweeted, "The people of #Montenegro boldly withstood pressure from #Putin's Russian Federation to embrace democracy". The senator said it will play right into Putin's hands.

In 2016, the chief prosecutor in Montenegro accused Russian nationalists of backing an alleged coup attempt that included plans to assassinate the nation's pro-West prime minister over his government's attempt to join North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. It also hopes to join the European Union, much to the anger of Putin, who sees the west perennially creeping towards Russian Federation.

Richard Haass, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations, called Trump´s remarks "extraordinary".

Although Montenegro was added to the alliance a year ago, the US president suggested that the USA will not feel obligated to step in and protect the small nation if it went to war with, say, Russia.

Carlson said he read some of the responses from critics of the summit, but added that Trump was "not particularly moved by them".

The Pentagon did not immediately comment.

In the months preceding NATO's invitation to Montenegro to begin the accession process in December 2015, my Russian counterparts in Vienna at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, where I was the USA ambassador, grew increasingly vocal.


Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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