North Atlantic Treaty Organisation survives Trump, but the turmoil is leaving scars

Friday, 13 Jul, 2018

The agenda for Trump and May on Friday includes discussion on relations with Russian Federation, ahead of a summit in Finland on Monday between Trump and President Vladimir Putin.

President Donald Trump continued to attack America's European allies on Thursday - this time aiming at the United Kingdom's Prime Minister Theresa May a day before they are due to meet in London.

Trump called the 92-year-old queen - the longest-reigning monarch in British history - "a tremendous woman". And maybe we'll speak to him when I get over there.

"The deal she is striking is a much different deal than the one the people voted on. He's been saying very good things about me as president". "This was an Obama disaster and I think if I had been president then, he would not have taken over Crimea".

Britons are narrowly in favour of US President Donald Trump airing his views on Brexit, a Sky Data poll suggests.

The emergency session came amid reports that Trump had threatened to leave the pact if allies didn't immediately up their spending, but officials said no explicit threat was made.

Amid the tumult, British Prime Minister Theresa May sounded a call for solidarity among the allies, saying, "As we engage Russian Federation we must do so from a position of unity and strength - holding out hope for a better future, but also clear and unwavering on where Russian Federation needs to change its behaviour for this to become a reality". The comments infuriated some of May's Conservative Party colleagues, including one who tweeted, "Where are your manners, Mr. President?" and another who chided Trump for diminishing "the standing of the great country he is meant to lead".

Still, Trump confirmed the fears of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation officials and allies as he sent the carefully orchestrated summit into chaos.

'Actually, events have moved on somewhat, because even as he was giving that interview [to The Sun], the white paper was being published in London, ' he told the BBC. "Most of those marching on Friday will love the United States, just as I do". "I guess when they put out blimps to make me feel unwelcome, no reason for me to go to London", Trump told the Sun tabloid. "We spoke for an hour, an hour and a half; it was really something", Trump said.

The Bulgarian President, formerly the commander of the Air Force before being elected head of state on a ticket backed by the opposition socialists, used Trump's statements to take a sideswipe at Bulgaria'scentre-right government, saying that Bulgaria was "reluctant" to allocate funds to the armed forces. "Of course that's coming from NBC, which is possibly worse than CNN", he said, adding that her question was "dishonest reporting".

"If he actually says these things standing next to her [at the press conference], then basically she's toast in terms of the plans that she now has", he said, adding that May is already under "enormous pressure" from her partymates, who are against her deal with the EU.

"I know Londoners are resolutely opposed to the politics of fear and despair".

Trump also lashed out at his longtime nemesis, London Mayor Sadiq Khan, a Muslim who has criticized Trump's ban on travel to the United States from several predominately Muslim countries.