President Trump has taken another shot at NATO — complaining that tiny Montenegro and its “very aggressive people” could trigger World War III.
Trump offered his latest critical comments in an interview — recorded Monday after the president’s headline-grabbing summit with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki — on Fox News Tuesday night.
Trump was discussing NATO when host Tucker Carlson questioned why the wisdom of the US defending Montenegro, which has a population of about 622,700 and is slightly smaller than the state of Connecticut, if it were attacked.
“Let’s say Montenegro, which joined last year, is attacked. Why should my son go to Montenegro to defend it against attack?” Carlson asked.
“I understand what you’re saying. I’ve asked the same question. You know, Montenegro is a tiny country with very strong people,” he said in an interview that was conducted Monday after the Helsinki summit.
“They are very aggressive people, they may get aggressive, and congratulations, you’re in World War III. But that’s the way [NATO] was set up.”
NATO’s Article 5, the mutual defense treaty among the 29 member nations, has been invoked once after the 9/11 attacks.
There are 39 NATO countries with troops in Afghanistan — including Montenegro, whose membership was fiercely opposed by Russia.
Trump alternately praised and belittled the EU and NATO during its recent meeting in Brussels, hectoring German Chancellor Angela Merkel, UK Prime Minister Theresa May and EU chief Jens Stoltenberg, reflecting his apparent love-hate relationship with the European block.
While slamming the EU for unfair trade policies and NATO members for not spending more on defense, he has also waxed rhapsodically about his European roots — even though he misrepresented his father’s birthplace.
“Maybe the thing that is most difficult — don’t forget both my parents were born in EU sectors okay?” Trump told CBS News during an interview recorded in Scotland.
“I mean, my mother was Scotland, my father was Germany. And — you know I love those countries.”
Last Thursday, Trump said the same thing at news conference at the end of the NATO summit in Brussels.
“I have great respect for Germany; my father is from Germany,” Trump said. “Both of my parents are from the EU, despite the fact they don’t treat us well on trade.”
While Trump’s mother was born in a remote area of northern Scotland, Fred Trump was born in the Bronx in 1905.
Trump also has a history of dissing the tiny European country, muscling Prime Minister Dusko Marković out of the way so he could get to the front row for a photo-op at the 2017 NATO summit.
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