Trump says North Atlantic Treaty Organisation not obsolete, reversing campaign stance

U.S. President Trump and NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg hold joint news conference at the White House in Washington

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"They made a change, and now they do fight terrorism", Trump said, which was a key demand he as a presidential candidate.

"If and when it takes place, I'm sure his discussions with our national security adviser and other meetings in India will cover prominently the situation in the region - most importantly in Afghanistan", said a spokesman for India's Ministry of External Affairs.

President Donald Trump said NATO is "no longer obsolete," in a joint news conference Wednesday with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg after their first face-to-face meeting at the White House.

Trump's harder line comes amid growing questions about whether his aides and associates colluded with alleged Russian meddling in the United States election.

Trump expressed the United States desire to have good relations with everyone, including Russian Federation. He said: "If we can not be properly reimbursed for the tremendous cost of our military protecting other countries, and in many cases the countries I'm talking about are extremely rich.we have many North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members that aren't paying their bills", according to CBS News.

Blaming the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad for it, the U.S. bombed an airbase used in the attack last week.

Trump, earlier, labelled Assad a "butcher and told allies it was time to end Syria's "brutal" civil war". I am working on that.

On Monday, Trump signed off on the Balkan country of Montenegro becoming NATO's newest member, a move that Moscow has long opposed. The 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. (Her term as a board member extends until 2024.) "No, not toast", he said, indicating that he is open to re-appointing her to another term.

Christine Wormuth, former undersecretary of defence in the Obama administration, said Mr Trump had a steep learning curve on foreign policy when he came into office but that it was beginning to even out. "Many have not been doing that", he said.

Of course, one day of policy adjustments does not necessarily mean that Trump's unique political persona and methodology are suddenly going to change.

Mr Trump repeatedly questioned the military alliance's objective during the campaign. We're not a rich country anymore. "We're going to see how that all works out", Trump said. "Because we need to keep our nations safe in a more unsafe world".

"Together, we represent half of the world's economic and military power".

Russia's coziness with Syria provides it several strategic advantages, including proximity to the Mediterranean Sea. Stoltenberg said he strongly believes that the only way to deter Russian Federation is to be strong.

The president praised the established security alliance and highlighted challenges in the face of migration and terrorism.

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