How Trump destabilised Montenegro with a few words

How Trump destabilised Montenegro with a few words

How Trump destabilised Montenegro with a few words

In a statement released Thursday, the Montenegrin government called itself a "stabilizing state in the region" and pointedly noted that it has sent troops to Afghanistan.

Trump was met with a tidal wave of criticism from friends and critics alike after his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, with most saying his embrace of Putin while belittling US agencies and allies was a betrayal of what the United States stands for.

The interview was conducted Monday after the Helsinki summit.

Montenegro is a small country with very strong people.

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

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SHAPIRO: And so when President Trump says they have very aggressive people, you don't think he's speaking about Montenegro specifically.

Trump commented in an interview with Tucker Carlson of Fox News Channel that aired Tuesday night.

It also comes on the heels of remarks the president made at a news conference in Helsinki in which he appeared to take Putin's word that Russian Federation did not interfere with the 2016 USA election. In a statement, the Montenegro government said that the country believed in cherishing the values of freedom, solidarity and democracy. "Therefore, the friendship and the alliance of Montenegro and the United States of America is strong and permanent".

"This was an inoffensive situation", Mr Markovic commented, thanking Mr Trump for "his support, and speedy ratification of the accession protocol in the US Senate, the overall support for Montenegro's Euro-Atlantic integration and of course the further development of our bilateral relations". The article has been invoked only once, following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.

"This is the worst nightmare for the Montenegrins", said Clark, a Democratic candidate for president in 2004.

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"The moment you start creating some relative notion about whether we should start defending certain allies because they are small or big, then you start sowing doubt", said Fabrice Pothier, formerly NATO's director of policy planning. Within a day he had been forced to admit, for the first time, that there had indeed been Russian meddling in the United States election process in 2016. The Balkan Nation also eyes to enter into the European Union.

Mr Hunt said: "Nato has been the foundation of peace in Europe since 1945, but any alliance needs to be based on fairness in terms of the contributions of the members of that alliance".

"But that's the way it was set up", Trump continued, apparently referring to Article 5.

To the north, Poland, and former Soviet republics Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania are boosting defense spending and have received NATO troops to deter any potential Russian aggression. "It's a way to say to Russian Federation and others, 'you can't meddle and you can't play geopolitics in the Western Balkans because we are part of the Western Balkans'".

"To have the president of the U.S., the most powerful member of the alliance, question Nato's principle of solidarity can only work in Russia's favour", he quipped.

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