Trump says NATO no longer 'obsolete'

Cheryl Sanders
April 13, 2017

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the 28-member military alliance of the U.S., Canada, 25 European countries and Turkey, is the "the bulwark of global peace and security", President Donald Trump said on Wednesday.

"It would be a fantastic thing" if the two world powers got along better, said Trump, who cautioned that "it may be just the opposite".

"I said it's obsolete".

Trump suggested Wednesday that NATO's willingness to combat terrorism changed his views, saying it is no longer obsolete. In May of 2016, he said he would "most likely replace her", and in September, during a debate, he said she should be "ashamed of herself". If China does not help, Trump said, the US will "go it alone", which he said "means going it with lots of other nations".

Trump cemented his shift in posture toward the 28-nation military alliance as he stood alongside its leader at the White House on Wednesday.

During the campaign, Trump initially opposed the bank, calling it "feather bedding". "Pakistan's efforts have reduced the ability of some militant groups to use North Waziristan and Fata as a safe haven for terrorism", said Adam Stump, a US Defence Department spokesman.

Trump had also previously said the pair met once, a "long time ago".

CORNISH: The president has also criticized North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members for not spending enough money on their own defense, essentially arguing that they're leaving the pick up the slack.

As tensions rise with Russian Federation over Syria, President Donald Trump meets Wednesday at the White House with the head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, giving a high-profile platform to an alliance the Kremlin sees as encroaching into its sphere of influence on Russia's western flank. "Right now, we're not getting along with Russian Federation at all".

Trump has continually changed his policies since launching his presidential campaign in 2015, and whether his latest statements represent a shift or a one-off set of comments remains to be seen.

Washington responded to the suspected chemical attack by targeting a Syrian air based with a barrage of cruise missiles in an operation that incensed Moscow.

"Great move on delay (by Putin) _ I always knew he was very smart!" he tweeted in December, after the Russian president decided not to expel US diplomats in response to Obama's sanctions after alleged cyberattacks.

Now, he told the Journal, "They're not currency manipulators".

Mr. Trump appears to be proving him correct, as he falls in line with established US policy on issue after issue. -China relations. The official said Xi had a chance to meet Trump's extended family, including his grandchildren, which had "a big effect on their relationship". What is true is that China has not been artificially depressing its currency for some time now, so Trump's change in position is really just catching up with economic reality.

"Vicious slaughter of innocent civilians with chemical weapons including the barbaric killing of small and helpless children and babies must be forcefully rejected by any nation that values human life", Trump told reporters.

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