The U.S. president also continued his attacks on the Mueller probe as a ‘rigged witch hunt’ this week while traveling overseas.
Philip RuckerSince Rosenstein briefed him on indictments against 12 Russian officers, Trump has, while on foreign soil:
-said he wants to be friends with Putin
-joked about Putin denying "meddling" question
-attacked DOJ investigation as "rigged witch hunt"
Though Trump declared unprecedented victory, partners said little new had actually been agreed.
Philip RuckerThe transatlantic alliance was caught in the chaos of Trump’s own making — until the president called an impromptu news conference to announce that everything, in fact, was just fine.
Philip RuckerAt NATO, several officials who had been in the room when Trump amped up the temperature appeared physically exhausted afterward in interviews with @michaelbirnbaum. One let out a full-body shudder. Another, a long, nervous belly laugh.
Philip RuckerTrump blasts PM Theresa May in tabloid interview published during his first official visit to Britain. I’m old enough to remember when Mitt Romney questioning London’s preparations for the Olympics in Brian Williams sit-down was considered a scandal.
Diplomats said Trump’s words could be interpreted as a threat to withdraw the United States from NATO.
Philip RuckerNEW —> Trump upends NATO summit, demanding immediate spending increases or he will ‘do his own thing.’ My latest with Team WaPo on this morning's big developments in Brussels
Philip RuckerTrump reaffirmed U.S. support for NATO Thursday after he upended a summit here to admonish leaders and demand that they quickly increase their defense spending.
My updated story from Brussels with @michaelbirnbaum
The furious exchange was nearly without precedent in the history of NATO.
Philip RuckerTrump unleashed a blistering attack on Germany and other NATO allies, wasting no time at the outset of a week of high-stakes diplomacy to hit at Washington’s closest partners. The latest in Brussels from @michaelbirnbaum & @seungminkim
Philip RuckerBreaking in Brussels —> Hours after attacking Germany and other allies, Trump agrees to sign a sweeping set of plans with NATO leaders to bolster defenses against Russia and terrorism
“You might have not slept well” after the first day’s “serious” talks, North Korea’s former spy chief said to the U.S. secretary of state.
Philip RuckerPompeo leaves North Korea without tangible breakthrough and without meeting Kim Jong Un, @John_Hudson reports
Philip RuckerThere is a striking disconnect between Trump’s comments about North Korea — no longer a nuclear threat, great chemistry with Kim, peace at hand — and the reality in Pyongyang following Pompeo’s visit