North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief: Trump has been 'very consistent' in support of alliance

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief: Trump has been 'very consistent' in support of alliance

Stoltenberg said at the news conference: "In NATO, America has the best friends and the best allies in the world".

In an interview with Fox Business Network's Maria Bartiromo, broadcast on Wednesday morning, Mr Trump talked up U.S. military strength, sounding nearly in awe of its prowess. After all, the President has spent most of his first 100 days in office torching conventional political practice, trading in untruths and exaggerations, and pouring oil on political controversies on Twitter - including accusations that his campaign had links to the Kremlin at a time when Moscow was being accused of interfering in the United States election.

Mr. Trump has repeatedly questioned Nato's objective, while complaining that the USA pays an unfair share of membership.

As a candidate, Trump had dismissed North Atlantic Treaty Organisation as "obsolete, " saying the post-World War II organization wasn't focused on combating the growing threat from terrorism and complaining that too many members weren't paying their fair share toward defense.

President Donald Trump emphatically embraced NATO Wednesday in a reversal of his campaign trail rhetoric lambasting the organization. He said a USA declaration of Chinese manipulation could jeopardise efforts to secure the country's help in containing the threat posed by North Korea.

The alliance, he continued, is "implementing the biggest reinforcement of collective defenses since the Cold War" in the wake of "more turmoil with ISIL, terrorism, and a more assertive Russian Federation to the East". "It's genius. Our technology, our equipment, is better than anybody by a factor of five", he said.

Just a couple of months ago, the president was bemoaning the military's state at rallies across the country. We see this commitment not only in words, but also in deeds. "Our military is in shambles", he said at a rally in DE last April. And during my visit to Brussels...which I look very much forward to, we will work together to do the same. "Many European allies have to invest more in defense and I'm pushing that very hard because we need to invest more in security when tensions are going up".

In the Wall Street Journal interview, the president praised the Export-Import Bank, which he dismissed in August previous year as an "unnecessary" agency with "a lot of excess baggage". (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. "I think she is very political and to a certain extent, I think she should be ashamed of herself", he said after his election in November, referring specifically to her efforts to keep interests rates low during the protracted recovery from the Great Recession.



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