Trump reverses himself on NATO, China, Russia and more

Trump says NATO no longer 'obsolete'

Trump says NATO no longer 'obsolete'

"I have expressed that the strong focus of President Trump on this issue has been helpful, but, of course, these are decisions taken in 28 parliaments, governments, so there are different reasons", said Stoltenberg.

"Trump now: "I said it was obsolete", he said Wednesday in a press conference that followed a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg It's no longer obsolete".

"The Secretary General and I had a productive discussion about what more North Atlantic Treaty Organisation can do in the fight against terrorism", Trump said.

Even NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg was surprised, as he had not expected such a clear commitment from Donald Trump.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, while tensions between Russia and the US remain high over Russia's support for Syria, a week after the Assad regime carried out a chemical attack against civilians in northern Syria.

In particular, Trump complained that the United States has been paying an unfair share of membership, while other countries failed to meet their financial obligations within the alliance. "Many have not been doing that", Trump said Wednesday.

"For Russia, this is something they did not want to see happen", NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti told the House Armed Services Committee in March. At a press conference last July, he said: "I never met Putin, I don't know who Putin is".

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Trump had previously questioned NATO's relevance. And during my visit to Brussels...which I look very much forward to, we will work together to do the same. Pushing trade disputes with China to the back-burner, the President said he would be willing to give concessions to China if it helped defuse the North Korean nuclear crisis. During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump repeatedly questioned NATO's objective, vowing to review Washington's commitment to the alliance.

Another consideration is the waning authority of presidential adviser Steve Bannon, even beyond his disagreements with Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law who also is a key adviser.

Then, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, the president announced he no longer considers China a currency manipulator, he now supports lower interest rates and the U.S. Export-Import Bank, and he would consider renominating Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen when her tenure is up next year, despite saying on the campaign trail he would "most likely" not reappoint her.

It was accounted for Wednesday that the Trump organization won't assign China as a currency manipulator, a guarantee he had made earlier, and a stance he held against China on various circumstances.

"We have started to do this, so we are implementing the biggest reinforcement of our collective defence since the end of the Cold War, providing credible deterrence", he said.

Recently, the United States has seen a considerable increase in the lack of global support. We agree that allies need to redouble their efforts to meet the pledge we all made in 2014 to invest more in our Alliance.

Media caption " European allies will have to step up to the plate" and pay their fair share says former Nato Secretary General Does it matter?

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