Dan Coats surprised to hear Trump wants Putin to come to Washington

Dan Coats surprised to hear Trump wants Putin to come to Washington

The tiny Balkan nation of Montenegro responded Thursday to US President Donald Trump's remark that it is a "very aggressive" country by saying it was proud of its "peaceful politics" and "stabilizing" influence in the region.

She said: 'It's really distressing and alarming. Montenegro is a tiny country with very strong people ...

"We build friendships, and we have not lost a single one", the statement read.

Donald Trump might not be widely regarded as a fountain of historical knowledge, but based on what he told a Fox news interviewer, he does seem to recall that the devastating First World War was caused by political friction in the Balkans.

"Thank you very much, no", Trump said.

And Trump answered: "I understand what you're saying".

The two diplomats also "exchanged views on prospects for further building relations" in the wake of the Helsinki summit of Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, the ministry said. They were discussing NATO's mutual defense pact. As a former KGB spy, he is quite adept at reading people and knowing how to manipulate them'.

"We have no intentions whatsoever to start World War III, we are too small for that", Montenegro Foreign Minister Srdjan Darmanovic tells CNN in an interview published today.

Then, as now, Markovic played down Trump's actions.

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Montenegro's statement also took a backhanded swipe at Trump's persistent criticism of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

After President Trump described Montenegro as a potential source of global conflict, the Montenegrin government said on Thursday that the country is proud of its friendship and alliance with the United States, describing the relationship between the two countries as "strong and permanent".

Since joining the alliance, Montenegro has sent troops to a NATO-led mission in Afghanistan.

The president is facing criticism for the closed-door meeting with the Russian president, which came just two days after the announcement of indictments against 12 Russian military officers for hacking the emails of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign chief.

Serbia and Montenegro were once part of the same country, Yugoslavia, and later in a union with Serbia until Montenegro's vote for independence in 2006. According to the BBC, former Montenegrin president Ranko Krivokapic said, "With this kind of president, with his knowledge of foreign policy, who knows what is going on?"

"Montenegrins are not aggressive ... but the nation of fearless warriors", he said.

The president agreed with the Fox News host that he didn't understand why the US would have to defend the tiny Eastern European country if it was attacked, a core tenement of the collective defense alliance. ME is six times as big as Montenegro and has had a partnership with the country since 2006.

There was more verbal drama at Wednesday's Cabinet meeting, when Trump was asked by a reporter if Russian Federation was still targeting the U.S.

"I have taken an unscientific survey among my colleagues, whom you reference, about whether I should resign". Along with having been a Russian ally in the Balkans, the country sits on a southern stretch of the Adriatic Sea that Moscow has been keen to control.

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