Trump reverses himself on NATO, China, Russia and more

Spicer: NATO Is 'Evolving Towards The President's Position,' Not The Other Way

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

In an interview Mr Trump said, he said he would not label China a currency manipulator, despite having repeatedly pledged to do so on his first day in office. "I said it was obsolete", Trump said; "It's no longer obsolete", Trump added.

Stoltenberg also praised Trump for putting pressure on alliance members to fulfill their obligations by increasing defense spending.

Just hours earlier, when asked if Russian Federation - a major ally of Syria - could have known about the chemical weapons attack that led to retaliatory strikes from the US, Trump said, "I think it's certainly possible; I think it's probably unlikely..."

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has just concluded his maiden visit to Russia during which he met his Russian counterpart and the Russian President Vladimir Putin. I think he wants to help us with North Korea.

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

It was nearly as if Trump's outsider presidential campaign never happened as he rushed to embrace mainstream political and national security positions he once publicly abhorred. "It's my hope that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation will take on an increased role in supporting our Iraqi partners in their battle against ISIS".

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The US launched an airstrike on Syria in response to the street and Mr Trump has said relations between the two countries are at an "all-time low". "And so we, actually, must once again revisit NATO's objective", the expert added.

Following their meeting, Stoltenberg welcomed the very strong commitment of the United States to the security of Europe, and underlined the importance of the transatlantic bond.

Trump also backtracked on his past criticism of NATO's effectiveness in fighting terrorism.

Noting that in a more risky and more unpredictable world, it is important to have friends and allies, Stoltenberg said in NATO, America has the best friends and the best allies in the world. "We're going to see how that all works out".

"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", Trump said.

Mr Trump's former national security adviser, retired General Michael Flynn, was forced to resign on 13 February for contacts with Russia's ambassador to the United States before Mr Trump took office.

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