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Trump on NATO: ‘No longer obsolete’

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         Trump on NATO: ‘No longer obsolete’

President Donald Trump on Wednesday said the North Atlantic Treaty Organization has some use after all.

The secretary general and I had a productive discussion about what more NATO can do in the fight against terrorism. I complained about that a long time ago, and they made a change, and now they do fight terrorism. I said it was obsolete. It’s no longer obsolete.

Trump was speaking alongside NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Trump, like Stoltenberg, have been pressing NATO members to increase their defense spending to 2% of GDP.

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He also said relations with Russia may be at an all-time low, though he also said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had a productive trip to the region.

U.S.-Russian relations have taken a step back on Syria’s use of chemical weapons, and the subsequent U.S. bombing of an airfield in Syria. Trump at the press conference referred to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad as a “butcher.”

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