North Atlantic Treaty Organisation reacts after Trump disparages Montenegro

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On Wednesday, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., took to Twitter to rebuke Trump for his comments, noting that the Senate had supported Montenegro's accession to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation by a vote of 97 to 2.

The move also infuriated Russian Federation, with whom relations have soured in recent years as the Balkan nation forges closer ties with the West and eyes entry into the European Union. "President Trump congratulates the Montenegrin people for their resilience and their demonstrated commitment to NATO's democratic values". Critics say that destabilizes one of the foundations of the post-World War II Western world.

Whether or not it was intentional, singling out Montenegro was a curious choice for both Carlson and Trump. Fox host Tucker Carlson asked.

Trump remarked that United States involvement in defending a small country, such as Montenegro, could trigger a world war. "I was just saying to myself the other day, you know, Russian Federation really helped us".

The president replied that he's asked the same question.

"Montenegro is a tiny country with very strong people", Trump said.

"By the way, they're very strong people - they're very aggressive people", Trump said. He bizarrely characterized Montenegrins as "aggressive" and suggested that our commitment to defend them might ensnare us in "World War III". The Kremlin has denied the allegations.

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"The summit declaration that came out at the end of the summit stated clearly that any attack against one ally would be regarded as an attack against all", Nauert told reporters. It doesn't specifically mandate allies respond with force but that's the spirit in which many see it.

"We are not going to uphold Article 5".

Trump suggested that the United States bore the short end of the stick. "And congratulations, you're in World War III".

It's weird that Donald Trump had a long private meeting with Vladimir Putin and suddenly emerged with a newfound interest in undermining USA security guarantees to Montenegro.

Other presidents including Barack Obama have argued the same point, and many experts agree to the principle that other countries should pay more. Carlson asked in the interview, which was recorded Monday following Trump's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.

Describing NATO countries as "aggressive" for engaging in legitimate defense of their homeland is a hallmark of Russian messaging in its opposition against the alliance. Currently, only five nations achieve this, and Trump has accused certain nations, such as Germany, of lagging behind. According to official figures, its defense spending amounts to €66 million ($76 million), or around 1.66 percent of GDP.

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