- Title: Polish president says U.S. NATO guarantees "not weakend"
- Date: 26th May 2017
- Summary: BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA (MAY 26, 2017) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** RIVER PARK HOTEL IN BRATISLAVA SLOVAK, EU AND GLOBSEC FLAGS WAVING CONFERENCE HALL POLISH PRESIDENT ANDRZEJ DUDA ARRIVING PRESIDENT DUDA POSING WITH GLOBSEC PRESIDENT RASTISLAV KACER VARIOUS OF ATTENDEES AT HOTEL HALL PRESIDENT ANDREJ KISKA WITH CROATIAN PRESIDENT KOLINDA GRABAR KITAROVIC PHOTOGRAPHER KISKA, GRABAR AND DUDA WAITING FOR SUMMIT TO START PHOTOGRAPHERS AUDIENCE KISKA HOLDING GLOBSEC OPENING SPEECH AUDIENCE DUDA SPEAKING AUDIENCE CLAPPING DUDA ARRIVING FOR NEWS CONFERENCE CAMERAMAN (SOUNDBITE) (Polish) POLISH PRESIDENT, ADRZEJ DUDA, SAYING: "I have to admit that I did not get the impression that Mr. President (Donald Trump) in any way suggested the (NATO) guarantees were weaker, because that is the tone of the comments." JOURNALISTS DUDA LEAVING NEWS CONFERENCE
- Embargoed: 9th June 2017 13:57
- Keywords: Andrzej Duda NATO GLOBSEC Slovakia
- Location: BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA
- City: BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA
- Country: Slovakia
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016IH64AH
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Polish president Andrzej Duda on Friday (May 26) minimised U.S. President Donald Trump's most recent criticism of NATO.
He said Trump in no way had suggested the alliance's guarantees had weakened.
Trump on Thursday (May 25) intensified his accusations that NATO allies were not spending enough on defense and in unexpectedly abrupt remarks as NATO leaders stood alongside him, Trump said certain member countries owed "massive amounts of money" to the United States and NATO - even though allied contributions are voluntary, with multiple budgets.
In another unexpected twist, Trump called on NATO, an organization founded on collective defense against the Soviet threat, to include limiting immigration in its tasks.
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