Days after a widely slammed summit with his Russian counterpart, President Donald Trump drew fresh scorn yesterday for questioning Nato's undergirding principle and for attacking "tiny" Montenegro, whose accession to the alliance enraged Moscow.
Mr Trump replied: "I understand what you're saying, I've asked the same question".
Standing side-by-side on stage with the man accused of complicity in an attack on the very bedrock of American democracy, Trump said his intelligence people "think it's Russian Federation. They may get aggressive, and congratulations, you in World War III", Trump added.
NATO's youngest member claimed it had a "history and tradition and peaceful politics" and pledged permanent friendship to the U.S., after President Donald Trump called Montenegro's people "aggressive" and capable of starting WWIII. Why should anyone fight and die for aggressive people like the Montenegrins?
"We have no intentions whatsoever to start World War III, we are too small for that", the country's foreign minister, Srdjan Darmanovic, told CNN in an exclusive interview.
Given his notoriously short attention span, and the fact that he knows little about Montenegro, perhaps it is the cynic in me that finds it interesting that Montenegro found its way as a topic so soon after another summit with his new best cum, Vladimir Putin.
Darmanovic agreed that Trump's comments would be welcomed in Moscow.
Back then, Markovic refused to make a fuss over the American president's manners.
Critics have accused him of siding with Russian Federation over his own country by failing to criticize Moscow for what US intelligence agencies a year ago described as Moscow's interference in the 2016 election in an attempt to sow discord, aid Trump's candidacy and disparage Trump's Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.
Carlson: "And I'm not against Montenegro".
"Our relationship with Russian Federation has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of US foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!"
Whichever the case, Trump at various points in his Monday news conference made clear that he found Putin's position on the matter compelling. "Therefore, the friendship and the alliance of Montenegro and the United States of America is strong and permanent".
"Frankly, I don't think those USA presidents at any point came off as not pursuing US security interests, as being taken in by the Soviet leader they were meeting with", said Alina Polyakova, a foreign policy fellow at the Brookings Institution. "I can tell you these days we are thinking about our holidays, heading to resorts along the Adriatic, not waging world war three". "Their summit declaration that came out at the end of the summit stated clearly that any attack against one ally will be regarded as an attack against all". But compared to the USA, that had increased a lot since 2001 and reached its peak in 2009; it declines recent years though, it still stays at a high level of 3.57%, and that also lifting the GDP percentage of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation defense spending to 2.42%.
Last week at an global summit of all NATO's leaders, Mr Trump renewed this debate, arguing many other countries weren't paying what they should. And Montenegrins are fearless people in those fights for its freedom.
The Balkans have a hard history, but "everybody likes Montenegro", the governor said in a video the U.S. Embassy in Montenegro posted Tuesday.
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