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NATO is no longer 'obsolete'

22 April 2017

President Donald Trump had been "very consistent" in his support of NATO, despite his dramatic shift in rhetoric about the organization, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday.

On Wednesday, however, Trump said he had growing concerns about Russia's support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. At one point, Trump referred to the Syrian leader as a "butcher".

A senior USA administration official speaking on condition of anonymity also said the White House has seen credible reports that Moscow backed an election-day attack in Montenegro a year ago.

U.S President Donald Trump is sending his national security adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster to Afghanistan, according to Business Insider. He also expressed his country's readiness to deal with the crisis related to North Korea without China if needed. "This includes upgrading their focus on today's most pressing security and all of its challenges, including migration and terrorism", Trump said. But the president's talk of "bonding" with Chinese President Xi Jinping could sow confusion in Asia, where USA allies are fearful of a rising China.

Mr Trump also said he was no longer opposed to a federal exports agency he once dismissed as "unnecessary".

Likewise, Trump wants to cut by half the number of refugees the USA takes in. "We are preparing for a meeting of all the 28 leaders of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allied countries in Brussels in May".

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"I don't know Putin", he said on Wednesday at the joint press conference with Mr Stoltenberg.

The Trump Administration accused Russian Federation on Tuesday (11 April) of trying to shield Syria's government from blame for a deadly gas attack, as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson brought a Western message to Moscow condemning its support for President Bashar al-Assad.

The spokesman, however, was then asked if Trump would apply this 2% retroactively, as Trump promised to do so on the campaign.

"I thank you for your attention to this issue", he said.

Trump said he had a phone conversation on Tuesday night with Chinese President Xi Jinping, who he said "wants to do the right thing" and help the USA deal with North Korea. And you are right, we have established a new division for intelligence, which enhances our ability to fight terrorism and working together in the alliance to fight terrorism in an even more effective way.

The man who once condemned the USA military as a "disaster" is singing its praises now that he is in charge.

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"We talked trade, we talked a lot of things", he said, and even recounted what he told the president.

"It's so incredible. It's brilliant". "We may be at an all-time low".

Just a couple of months ago, the president was bemoaning the military's state at rallies across the country.

"We must also work together to resolve the disaster now taking place in Syria. Our military is in shambles", he said at a rally in DE last April.

"I like her, I respect her", Trump said, adding that they had met in the Oval Office since he became president. That's exactly what we are doing; deploy more troops in eastern part of the alliance; increase the readiness of our forces, and increase defence spending, he said.

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NATO is no longer 'obsolete'