Live updates: Trump at the NATO summit



With the heads of state taking care not to disturb Mr. Trump, Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, has become the most prominent and direct critic of the continent.

Mr. Tusk, one of the leaders of the European Union, does not have a formal role in NATO, but the two groups have a great coincidence in the membership. On Tuesday, they signed a cooperation declaration.

Mr. Tusk has made it clear that he is paying close attention to the summit, has a megaphone and is not afraid to use it. Reflecting and refuting Mr. Trump, often astutely and sometimes very directly, his comments are widely viewed to reflect what other European leaders are thinking but unwilling to say publicly.

The United States "does not have and will not have a better ally than the EU," whose combined members spend more on defense than Russia, tweeted on Wednesday . "I hope you have no doubt that this is an investment in our security."

In June, after Trump's angry departure from the Group of Seven summit and his barrage of Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister who hosted that meeting, Mr. Tusk tweeted: "There is a place special in heaven for @JustinTrudeau. "

He used clearer language in May, after Trump withdrew from the agreement with Iran and announced trade sanctions. Mr. Tusk tweeted "with friends like that who needs enemies".

Idly thumbs? The meeting rooms will be a free zone of Twitter

Mr. Trump enjoys sending Twitter beards to his opponents, but will be retained during the NATO summit.

In the new NATO building, in the huge high-tech meeting room, mobile phones are not allowed, even for a president. Even if they were allowed, they probably would not work, because NATO blocks the signs in the building to avoid espionage or piracy.

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At least during the hours he is with other leaders, Mr. Trump will be under a cone of silence.

Mr. Trump will have to wait until he is out of the NATO building to access his Twitter account in order to badure his many followers that he is still the @ realdonaldtrump . – Steven Erlanger

A monument to the success of NATO or a waste of money? It depends on who you ask.

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