Critics have accused him of siding with Russian Federation over his own country by failing to criticize Moscow for what USA intelligence agencies previous year described as Moscow's interference in the 2016 election in an attempt to sow discord, aid Trump's candidacy and disparage Trump's Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.
Trump responded: "I understand what you're saying". The Trump replied, "Montenegro is a tiny country with very strong people". "They may get aggressive. They may get aggressive, and congratulations, you're in world war three", Trump added in the interview.
"To have the president of the United States, the most powerful member of the alliance, question Nato's principle of solidarity can only work in Russia's favour", he quipped. His comment appears two days after U.S. President Donald Trump's suggestion that "aggressive" Montenegrins could spark a global conflict. "It does not matter how big or small you are, but to what extent you cherish the values of freedom, solidarity and democracy".
Critics suggest it is ridiculous to question the idea that defending Montenegro via the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is necessary to keep America safe.
Small NATO allies have contributed what they can to USA wars over the last seventeen years, but that just calls attention to the downside of joining the alliance for them.
As members of the Yugoslav army, Montenegro's soldiers fought alongside Serbs in Croatia's war of independence.
The drama continued as Trump headed to his next stop, the U.K. His first official visit was overshadowed by fallout from the rhetorical grenade he'd lobbed at British Prime Minister Theresa May before arriving.
Trump should be "investing in greater election security and having the Congress work with state governments to pass laws to establish even a basic level of cybersecurity protection and election protection for our voting systems", he said.
The US President Donald trump has marked another controversial statement. And Montenegro, a small Balkan nation southwest of Serbia, is considered particularly vulnerable.
Though Trump signed the communique and committed in 2017 to NATO's principle of common defense, his latest comments have called the United States' relationship with its allies in to question. "It's a way to say to Russian Federation and others, 'you can't meddle and you can't play geopolitics in the Western Balkans because we are part of the Western Balkans'".
TRUMP, reading from a statement, on his intelligence officials on Tuesday: "I accept our intelligence community conclusion that Russian Federation meddling ... took place" and the "sentence should have been I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russian Federation". Because Trump has had to walk back some of his comments, however, he may still have political difficulties within the USA government. "And I hope that Montenegro was not part of (the) Helsinki talks". There is now usually no debate or vote before the US initiates or joins foreign wars, and it is only months or years after the USA has already made commitments to other governments and local groups that members of Congress start to question the wisdom and legality of the mission.