G7 offensive under way
US President Donald Trump, feted in the Middle East, has faced a cool reception in Europe and been eager to go on the offensive.
Cajoled on issues like climate change and NATO’s defence pact, he has responded by scolding some of the United States’ most loyal allies for not paying their fair share.
He has also refused to explicitly back the mutual defence agreement that has been activated only once, in September 2001.
However, Mr Trump hailed the trip a success as he arrived to the G-7 summit in Sicily, the final stop on a gruelling nineday, five-stop marathon of a maiden international trip.
“Getting ready to engage G7 leaders on many issues including economic growth, terrorism, and security,” Mr Trump wrote on Twitter. “Trip has been very successful.