As NATO is a treaty alliance, the addition of new members requires approval of the US Senate and Montenegro's membership was supported by a large bipartisan majority, which voted 97 to 2 to allow the country to join. In true Trump fashion, the president took the opportunity to just kind of. freestyle on the idea of Montenegro for a few seconds. The interview was conducted Monday after the Helsinki summit.
When Carlson asked, "Why should my son go to Montenegro to defend it from attack", Trump responded: "I understand what you're saying". Fox host Tucker Carlson asked.
"I laughed when I heard that and figured it could be a good advertisement", retiree Slavka Kovacevic, 58, said of Trump's depiction while taking a break from her morning shopping.
The president replied that he's asked the same question. "They [Montenegrins] may get aggressive and congratulations, you're in World War III", Trump had said Tuesday.
"Right. By the way, they are very strong people", he said of the Balkan country.More news: Bicyclist ignores stop arms, falls into drawbridge's gap
"The friendship and the alliance of Montenegro and the United States of America is strong and permanent", it concluded. "Add that to your little equation on Montenegro", Trump told Carlson.
"But that's the way it was set up", Trump continued, apparently referring to Article 5. Pointing to the contributions European members make to these wars doesn't strengthen the case for the alliance. Fox News host Tucker Carlson asked the USA president about the country of 620,000.
John McCain called the summit a "disgraceful performance" by Trump, adding that "No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant". "#ThisIsNotNormal", wrote Andrew S. Weiss, vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment's Russian Federation and Eurasia Programme on Twitter after the interview aired.
But Montenegrin officials insist Trump has nothing to worry about.More news: British Open: Tiger Woods shows promising signs in Round 1
Nevertheless, NATO (and the United States) can push back against Russian aggression without triggering nuclear (or nonnuclear) war. Instead, it's seen as a key geopolitical asset for the group, a check against Putin in the Russian leader's proverbial backyard.
Other presidents including Barack Obama have argued the same point, and many experts agree to the principle that other countries should pay more.
This is of course true, and not just of Montenegro, but literally any of NATO's member nations. That's clever. I have to hand it to you on that, that is such a clever way to hide your blatant racism, because that's what this is, Tucker.
As it happens, the governor of the USA state of Maine, Paul LePage, was visiting Montenegro in hopes of strengthening ties with business and political leaders when the president's interview aired. And Mr. Trump's comments about Montenegro weren't the first time he's appeared hesitant about embracing Article 5.More news: Mobile adds $5 LTE global data pass as free roaming spreads