Trump seems to question U.S. commitment to defending all North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies

After Helsinki, Trump boasts of reinforcing NATO

In it, host Carlson asked a hypothetical question: "Let's say Montenegro, which joined a year ago, is attacked".

CARLSON: Why should my son go to Montenegro to defend it from attack?

"I laughed when I heard that and figured it could be a good advertisement", retiree Slavka Kovacevic, 58, said of Trump's depiction while taking a break from her morning shopping. I've asked the same question. Montenegro, the statement says, was the only Balkan country, which during the breakup of Yugoslavia the war broke out.

CARLSON: Yeah, I'm not against Montenegro.

Montenegro said it cherishes its strong friendship with the United States and insisted it is a peaceful partner after President Donald Trump described the country as a potential threat to world peace.

"They are very strong people".

Alongside Macedonia, Montenegro was the only ex-Yugoslavian country whose decision to split from the federation did not trigger a war, though its soldiers fought against Croatia's war of independence in the 1990s as part of the Yugoslav army. It was the first new member since 2009, when Croatia and Albania were admitted to the US-led alliance.

SRDJAN DARMANOVIC: Thank you.

SHAPIRO: How did you react to this exchange?

"Therefore, the friendship and the alliance of Montenegro and the United States of America is strong and permanent", Markovic's government said in its statement Thursday.

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"He should be engaging with our allies to basically form a version of a cyber North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, where with our allies, our close allies, we agree to essentially mutual defense in cyberspace and, if necessary, mutual cyber response", the Texas Democrat said in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation Room". Our recent - in our recent history, we proved to be peaceful in our region.

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

In 2006, ME created a partnership with Montenegro that LePage says originally focused on disaster relief, emergency management and border security. "We really believe that Article 5 is unconditional and rock-solid".

"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.

DARMANOVIC: Probably he referred to our history.

Woody Johnson, the USA ambassador to the United Kingdom, dismissed the significance of the protests, telling Fox News that one of the reasons the two countries are so close "is because we have the freedoms that we've all fought for". Not us, say the puzzled people of Montenegro.

Vladimir Putin said some groups in the United States were attempting to sabotage the prospect of better relations between Washington and Moscow for their "narrow party interests". They insisted that he must change his policies and stop creating tensions, racism, and humiliating manners in dealing with the other countries.

He didn't actually say either of those things last week (although he has said them both in the past).

Montenegrin officials disagree. "Aggressive is a word which can't be applied in the case of Montenegro", Montenegrin U.N. Ambassador Milica Pejanovic-Djurisic tells The Washington Post. There will be maybe more debates about finance. There are debates even among friends.

SHAPIRO: Foreign Minister Srdjan Darmanovic of Montenegro speaking with us from the capital, Podgorica.

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