Donald Trump reckons that Montenegro is a “tiny country with very strong people”. And he will soon discover that they have forceful opinions as well.
“He’s the strangest president in the history of the United States,” Ranko Krivokapic told the BBC.
Mr Krivokapic knows a thing or two about being a president. He served as Montenegro’s head of state from its independence in 2006 until 2016 – and remains president of the opposition Social Democratic Party.
It is fair to say he is unimpressed with the current US president’s approach to diplomacy and world affairs.
“With this kind of president, with his knowledge of foreign policy, who knows what is going on? Foreign policy is not his big thing.”
‘They’re very aggressive’
In an interview with Fox News, Mr Trump suggested that this country of fewer than a million citizens could somehow provoke a global conflict. His reply to interviewer Tucker Carlson caused jaws to drop on the Adriatic coast.
“Let’s say Montenegro, which joined last year, is attacked,” Carlson told the president. “Why should my son go to Montenegro to defend it from attack?”
He was referring to Article 5 of the Nato founding treaty, which sees an attack on one member as an attack on all. Mr Trump understood his point.