Trump Says NATO "No Longer Obsolete"

Trump Says NATO

Trump Says NATO "No Longer Obsolete"

"The NATO Alliance has been the bulwark of global peace and security", Trump said from the East Room of the White House during a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg. "I think that the secretary general has made clear that he also views it as a priority to get allies to shoulder a greater burden of defense investment and so the president and secretary general are likely to see eye to eye on that issue", the official said.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says that the Alliance supports Georgia's aspirations to become a NATO member.

(From L-R): White House strategist Steve Bannon, National Security adviser H.R. McMaster and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus listen during a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and US President Donald Trump in the East Room of the White House on April 12, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Stoltenberg stressed that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is as important as ever in a more uncertain world, and that its strength lies in unity and the ability to adapt to a changing security environment.

Mr Trump repeatedly questioned the military alliance's goal during the campaign.

"One by one we are keeping our promises - on the border, on energy, on jobs, on regulations, " Trump tweeted Wednesday evening.

But experts said a formal declaration to that effect by the Treasury Department could have led to United States sanctions, which would have prompted retaliation from Beijing. "It is no longer obsolete", he said. And during my visit to Brussels...which I look very much forward to, we will work together to do the same.

While criticising Russian Federation on Wednesday, Trump said he and Xi had bonded during the Chinese president's visit to the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, where they dined together with their wives and held talks.

That movement, a response to increased Russian military activity and aggression, began before Trump took office but the secretary-general said the new USA president backed the changing posture in Poland and NATO's Baltic states.

In an interview with the U.S. newspaper, Trump he would not label China a currency manipulator, this was despite having previously promised to do so when taking office.

"If he says great things about me, I'm going to say great things about him", Mr Trump said last September. We see this commitment not only in words, but also in deeds.

A senior administration official - speaking as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was in Moscow for hard talks on Syria - pointed the finger of blame at Russian Federation for an alleged coup attempt during October's election. Michael Flynn was forced to resign on February 13 for contacts with Russia's ambassador to the United States before Trump took office, contacts which he misled the Vice President about.