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NATO Summit: Hungary PM Orbán Chatting With Donald Trump As U.S. President Shove Aside Montenegrin Premier – Video!

A video footage made at the NATO summit in Brussels on Thursday has gone viral on the web as it shows U.S. President Donald Trump pushing aside Montenegro’s Prime Minsiter Dusko Markovic in order to make his way to the front of the group of NATO leaders while gathering for a “family photo”. Before making his rather ungallant move, Mr Trump was having a chat with Hungarian Premier Viktor Orbán, who apparently really enjoyed being part of the extraordinary NATO meeting.

The Hungarian Prime Minister confirmed at the NATO summit that Hungary would meet its obligations by increasing its defence spending to about 2 percent of GDP by 2024. He also urged NATO members to confirm their commitment to increasing their defence spending and presenting a timetable for spending targets.

In 2014 NATO’s member countries agreed to raise their military expenditures to at least two per cent of GDP by 2024. By last year, however, only five countries had reached this level: the United States, Britain, Poland, Greece and Estonia. During the NATO meeting in Brussels, Donald Trump harshly criticized NATO allies for not spending enough on defense in recent years.

Ahead of the NATO Summit, Viktor Orbán told reporters that attention should be drawn to the importance of integrating countries of the Balkans into NATO, arguing that enlargement would be crucial to consolidating peace and stability in the region. “The Balkans is a complicated place and there are tensions,” he said. Orbán noted that while several NATO members have already been involved in the international mission against the Islamic State terrorist organisation, NATO would officially join the international coalition at the summit.

Answering a question about European worries around Donald Trump’s election as US president, Viktor Orbán said “many of us here are old war horses; we know what campaigns are like; it’ll be fine”.

via MTI and kormany.hu; video and photo: CNN Youtube channel