Trump Doesn’t Get Why U.S. Has to Defend NATO Allies

After Helsinki, Trump boasts of reinforcing NATO

It found its voice Thursday, and what came out was less a battle cry than a chorus of "Kumbaya".

If Montenegro, a country with just over 620,000 people, became aggressive and started a war with Russian Federation, they could not invoke Article 5 and require USA involvement. Not only are we paying for most of it but they weren't even paying and we're protecting them.

"I would not be at all surprised that what you heard the president say to Tucker Carlson there last night is derived from what Vladimir Putin told him during the one-on-one discussions in Helsinki", Hayden said.

Trump and Montenegro were once more in the news, again due to the USA leader, this time due to his comments on Fox News after his bombshell North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit. "You know, Montenegro is a tiny country with very strong people". "They may get aggressive. They may get aggressive, and congratulations, you're in World War III", he added.

Darmanovic agreed that Trump's comments would be welcomed in Moscow. Trump complained of high duties placed by India on the Harley Davidson motorcycles.

"The United States will work to further strengthen our already strong relationship with Montenegro and looks forward to formally welcoming the country as the twenty-ninth member of the NATO Alliance", the White House said in a statement back then. The statement also stressed the fact that its alliance with the United States was strong and ideal.

Trump's views have some basis in history.

Since World War II, all US military conflicts have been fought under the authority or command of the United Nations, NATO, or the short-lived South East Asian Treaty Organization (SEATO).

Montenegro was a rare country in the region to retain a level of autonomy during the Turkish Ottoman Empire.

After Helsinki, Trump boasts of reinforcing NATO

"I think that is what's going to be remembered from this week", he said. Carlson asked before he quickly clarified that he was "not against Montenegro".

With such a small military, it is hard to know what Trump was referring to when he called Montenegro's people "very aggressive". The interview was conducted Monday after the Helsinki summit.

In a May 2006 referendum more than 55 percent of Montenegrins voted for independence from Serbia; independence was declared in June that year. LePage says it originally focused on disaster relief, emergency management and border security.

DARMANOVIC: When he mentioned us, he just said something that describe us.

It's true, as Trump regularly points out, that the United States spends 4% of its GDP on defense, but that's because it has military commitments all over the world.

After traveling to Belgium and Britain, Trump stunned the world in Finland on Monday by failing to hold Putin accountable for meddling in the 2016 US election as the two stood side-by-side.

He went on to stress that every alliance member must meet its financial commitments, saying, "you have to pay, you have to pay". The organization calls for member nations to come to the aid of any ally that is attacked.

Montenegro previously had friendly relations with Russia, with its Adriatic coast being dubbed "Moscow on Sea" because of the large numbers of Russian holidaymakers that flocked there each summer. The Kremlin has denied the allegations, according to NBC. Given the recent tensions, some Montenegrin observers anxious Trump's comments might need to be taken seriously.

Continetti said Trump was not likely to suffer much in the polls because the economy overshadows voters' foreign policy concerns.

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