Montenegro responded to trump's words on the necessity of its protection

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Trump made his controversial comments during a Fox News interview on Tuesday in response to a question about NATO's Article 5, which states that an attack on one member is an attack on all.

Carlson pressed Trump on the objective of the alliance, which was originally created to prevent the Russians from invading western Europe and calls for member nations to come to the aid of any ally that is attacked. A nation of just 630,000 people, Trump warned "they may get aggressive and congratulations, you are in World War III". Trump continued, "They're very strong people". But he also affirmed USA commitment to Article 5 in June 2017, during a news conference with the president of Romania: "I'm committing the United States to Article 5, and certainly we are there to protect, and certainly that's one of the reasons that I want people to make sure we have a very, very strong force by paying the kind of money necessary to have that force".

Trump suggested that the U.S. bore the short end of the stick.

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Since joining the alliance, Montenegro has sent troops to a NATO-led mission in Afghanistan. This should be attractive to Trump, who has criticized other allies for not paying enough for the cost of stationing US forces on their territory. He's right. The pipeline not only makes Germany more dependent on Moscow for energy, it also risks the security of Poland and other Eastern European allies.

This is of course true, and not just of Montenegro, but literally any of NATO's member nations. "So, let's say Montenegro, which joined [NATO] a year ago, is attacked, why should my son go to Montenegro to defend it from attack?".

"We have no intentions whatsoever to start World War III, we are too small for that", the country's foreign minister, Srdjan Darmanovic, told CNN in an exclusive interview. ME is six times as big as Montenegro and has had a partnership with the country since 2006.

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"Arizona Sen. McCain, in a tweet on Wednesday, chastised the president for his remarks, saying that "#Putin will do anything to shatter the transatlantic alliance" in a tweet that pointed to an editorial he wrote about the Montenegro coup plot that was first published previous year in USA Today.

Elsewhere in the segment, Hayden also criticized Trump for not understanding that NATO is most effective if its foes believe that an attack on one NATO country is an attack on all NATO countries.

But again, that only works if Russian Federation is sure that Mr. Trump takes Article 5 seriously and will live up to America's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation commitments. The latest comments are a reminder that the threat of World War 3 remains a serious concern for the United States president, and one not easily dispelled.

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After traveling to Belgium and Britain, Trump stunned the world in Finland on Monday by failing to hold Putin accountable for meddling in the 2016 US election as the two stood side-by-side. "We are so aggressive and strong that we have not managed to change power in 30 years and even less to provoke a global conflict", joked 67-year-old Sreten Markovic.

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