Montenegro Responds to Trump, Defends its Commitment to Peace - Cortney O'Brien

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Former Montenegro President Ranko Krivokapić on Wednesday also hit back at Trump's comments, questioning his knowledge of foreign policy and calling him "the strangest president in the history of the United States", The Hill reported.

United States prosecutors have accused Maria Butina of working to infiltrate political organisations, including the National Rifle Association, before and after Donald Trump's election as president in 2016.

"Look, we've been doing it in other peoples' elections", Ash said, contending that President Barack Obama tried to interfere in Israel's 2015 elections.

But another US official called those accusations unfair and said Coats would never try to undercut or embarrass the president. "It was fun to hear about it, actually like a good joke, but we are a very peaceful nation".

"We build friendships, and we have not lost a single one", read a statement issued in the capital, Podgorica, in response to the media's clamoring for comment.

"In today's world, it does not matter how big or small you are, but to what extent you cherish the values of freedom, solidarity and democracy. I will say this - I don't see any reason why it would be". Or, as Trump calls it, "the tiny country with very strong people".

"The Russian readouts that I've seen, including Putin's remarks in Helsinki, only scratch the surface, though Putin did say that Trump reiterated our view that the annexation of Crimea was illegal", McKeon said.

His summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki may have ended on Monday, but U.S. President Donald Trump has since been dogged by questions on whether he believes Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. election - mainly due to his own shifting answers. They were discussing NATO's mutual defense pact.

When asked by Fox News Tuesday whether USA troops should defend the Adriatic Sea country from attack as required under Article 5 of the NATO treaty, Trump said he'd "asked the same question".

While the population of Montenegro is just over 600,000 (the population of New York City is 8.5 million by comparison) and with the armed forces of Montenegro being comprised of only 1,950 active duty individuals, the country is hardly a military mover and shaker.

"For the record: Latvia joined North Atlantic Treaty Organisation not because we are aggressive but because we feared aggression based on our own historic experience and we share common Western values like democracy, rule of law and human rights, no intent to start World War III", he said on Twitter.

Trump was already receiving low marks and a cold reception for his remarks at the summit, but the lack of etiquette opened a fresh round of criticism for the president on his first trip representing the US overseas.

Then, as now, Markovic played down Trump's actions. Trump didn't realize he would face such challenges, apparently, and wanted to know why Lemire had been called on instead of a reporter who would ask him an easier question. Montenegro, which means "Black Mountain", does boast of a heroic warring tradition forged over centuries of conquest and contemporary conflicts in the troubled Balkans.

It's unlikely that Montenegro will cause World War III, though not impossible. "It was a part of my role, and I felt that it was important that I do that".

And who you calling "very aggressive", Mr. President?

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