Montenegro Responds to Trump, Defends its Commitment to Peace - Cortney O'Brien

Lester Mason
July 21, 2018

What Trump's critics object to is the manner in which he has gone about it, issuing harsh rhetoric that destabilizes the organization, and criticizing and undermining allies while appearing softer on Russian President Vladimir Putin. They have very aggressive people.

His train of thought closely mirrors Russian anti-NATO messaging.

President Donald Trump returned to undermining North Atlantic Treaty Organisation on Tuesday by singling out the alliance's smallest and newest member, Montenegro, following a European tour that Republicans heavily criticized for misrepresenting U.S. values.

NATO's common defence clause has only been invoked once - by America after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks conducted by Al-Qaeda.

Montenegro said it cherishes its strong friendship with the United States and insisted it is a peaceful partner after President Donald Trump described the country as a potential threat to world peace.

"You know, Montenegro is a tiny country with very strong people... they might get aggressive, and congratulations, you're in World War Three", he added.

Therefore, between the internal problems of Macedonia which dovetail into the wider problem of a would-be war for a regional Greater Albania that would pit the current Republic of Albania against all of its neighbours, including Montenegro - one can see that Donald Trump is in fact making a logically legitimate point as was interviewer Tucker Carlson.

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Trump did not bring up Montenegro himself.

"Right. By the way, they are very strong people", he said of the Balkan country. "They are very aggressive people".

He went on to suggest that defending Montenegro, which has a population slightly smaller than Oklahoma City, could lead to World War III.

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.

"Trump suggested that the U.S., which "[pays] 90% of the costs to defend Europe", bore the short end of the stick. Montenegro, a former Yugoslav republic like Slovenia, the home country of US first lady Melania Trump, is known for its long Adriatic Sea beaches. A non-legally-binding guideline states that members should reach 2% by 2024.

This interview has gone viral on social media where people are comparing Trump's declaration to the famous article of May 4, 1939, which asked: "Why die for Danzig?", which encouraged Hitler to invade Poland in September of that year.

"Arizona Sen. McCain, in a tweet on Wednesday, chastised the president for his remarks, saying that "#Putin will do anything to shatter the transatlantic alliance" in a tweet that pointed to an editorial he wrote about the Montenegro coup plot that was first published a year ago in USA Today.

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