Thursday, April 13, 2017

Trump: NATO Is ‘No Longer Obsolete’

 
Free Beacon by Sam Dorman --

President Trump reversed his past criticism of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on Thursday, saying at a joint press conference with NATO's secretary general that the alliance is "no longer obsolete."

"I said it was obsolete; it's no longer obsolete," Trump said after noting that he and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg discussed how NATO could ramp up its efforts fighting terrorism.
Trump said he previously "complained" about NATO not focusing on or contributing enough to "the fight against terrorism," adding that the alliance "made a change" and now "fight[s] terrorism."
Trump also said he hopes NATO will contribute more to help the Iraqi government fight the Islamic State terrorist group.

Both Trump and Stoltenberg said they had a positive and "productive" meeting in the Oval Office, where they agreed all NATO member states must meet the requirement to spend two percent of their GDP on defense, according to the president.

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