Trump's overseas trip revealed a lot about his foreign policy

30 Mai, 2017, 11:18 | Author: Claudine Rigal
  • G7 leaders sign the G7 Taormina Statement on the Fight Against Terrorism and Violent Extremism at the G7 Summit in Taormina Italy on Friday

In Sicily, Donald Trump listened attentively during complex G7 debates over trade and climate change, smiled for the cameras, and for the most part refrained from provocative tweets.

President Trump, addressing USA troops at Sigonella Naval Air Station in Italy in the final event of his first foreign trip, called his worldwide tour a "home run".

Daalder asserted that Trump's stances during the G7 summit had angered key USA allies.

"It all fits with his strategic ambiguity approach to life", said Julianne Smith of the Centre for a New American Security.

Besides reaching a decision on the climate agreement once back in Washington, Trump will also face a new crush of Russia-related controversies.

Even if the government manages to survive, nobody from the government has so far given any serious explanation where they would find additional 3 billion kunas a year (this year, the Defence Ministry's budget is 4.4 billion kunas, which is 1.23% of GDP; in order to reach the NATO-set target of 2 percent of GDP, the Ministry of Defence would need 7.2 billion kunas a year).

The final communique acknowledged a split between the United States and its six partners over honoring the 2015 Paris accord on climate change.

Trump is seated between Beji Caid Essebsi, president of Tunisia, and Mahamadou Issoufou, the president of Niger, for his first meeting of the day.

It can not be overlooked that Trump did not clearly express support for Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty, which prescribes the exercise of the right of collective self-defense. And on Russian Federation, he did not insist on removing - as some allies had feared - the threat of additional sanctions for Moscow's intervention in Ukraine. "That is the question I have".

Whatever his intentions, Mr. Trump cut a rancorous swath through the administrative heart of Europe.

He seemed unbothered and unrushed, though, tweeting that he'd make a decision on Paris stay-or-go next week.

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So they were surprised when Trump used the unveiling of NATO's new headquarters in Brussels Thursday to scold leaders for forcing the shoulder the organization's defense burden.

And in Brussels, NATO leaders chafed at Trump's lecture, which did not acknowledge member states' recent increases in military spending nor did it include a reaffirmed U.S. commitment to the alliance's mutual defense pledge, in light of Trump's disparaging comments about the alliance during his campaign.

Most notably, soon after Trump touched down in Sicily for the final leg of his trip, news surfaced that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is now looking into the role his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner held during the campaign and transition, including his contacts with Russian officials.

U.S. President Donald Trump, left, French President Emmanuel Macron and EU Council President Donald Tusk, right, watch the Frecce Tricolori Italian Air Force acrobatic squadron performing, in Taormina, Italy, Friday, May 26, 2017. "Proud of @realDonaldTrump for telling North Atlantic Treaty Organisation deadbeats to pay up or shut up", former Republican governor Mike Huckabee tweeted in response.

The White House in March confirmed that Kushner and Kislyak met at Trump Tower in December for what one official called a brief courtesy meeting.

But first Trump has to finish the day in Sicily, which includes a meeting with small African nations and a G-7 leader lunch.

"Our deep and lasting friendship will only deepen and become stronger in the coming days", Trump said after his talks with Netanyahu.

The president also shared his optimism about the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, revealing that his meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem turned out to be positive.

Speaking ahead of the summit, White House economic adviser Gary Cohn sought to clarify the president's position. Trump's comment that Germany is "bad" in trade, referring to our trade imbalance with that country, being translated to say Germany is "evil".

After the Group of Seven German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed uncertainty about the United States, telling a campaign event in Bavaria Sunday that "the times in which we can fully count on others are somewhat over, as I have experienced in the past few days".


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