Trump aims for role of NATO statesman but mars unity message

 

December 5, 2019

Peter Nicholls – Associated Press

U.S. President Donald Trump, center, gestures as he walks off the podium after a group photo at a NATO leaders meeting at The Grove hotel and resort in Watford, Hertfordshire, England, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg rejected Wednesday French criticism that the military alliance is suffering from brain death, and insisted that the organization is adapting to modern challenges.

WATFORD, England - Aiming to play the role of global statesman as the impeachment drama was unfolding in Washington, President Donald Trump instead shattered NATO's professed message of unity at its 70th anniversary celebration in England and put his personal and policy differences with alliance members on stark display.

Trump called Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "two-faced" and French President Emanuel Macron "nasty" during a 52-hour trip that exposed the alliance's divisions on military budgets and relations with Turkey, as well as the U.S. leader's own unconventional ways on the world stage.

http://www.startribune.com/trump-to-join-nato-leaders-during-impeachment-hearing/565772432/


 

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