Trump reverses position, says NATO is 'no longer obsolete'

The president praised the established security alliance and highlighted challenges in the face of migration and terrorism. "It is no longer obsolete", he said. Trump, earlier this week, approved adding Montenegro into North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. "If other countries pay their fair share instead of relying on the United States, we will all be much more secure, and our partnership much stronger". "I complained about that a long time ago", Trump said, "and they made a change and now they do fight terrorism".

"All NATO allies are part of the global coalition to counter ISIL, and NATO provides support to the coalition with training for Iraqi forces in their fight against terrorists and more intelligence-sharing", Stoltenberg said. "And it was very, very successfully done".

"We must stand up to China's blackmail and reject corporate America's manipulation of our politicians", it said on his website.

The United States will work to further strengthen our already strong relationship with Montenegro and looks forward to formally welcoming the country as the twenty-ninth member of the NATO Alliance, he added.

A senior White House official said that among the issues the two leaders will discuss is Russia's attempts to thwart the expansion of NATO, specifically by intervening in the elections that took place past year in Montenegro, a Balkan nation on the verge of joining the trans-Atlantic military treaty. It came shortly after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in Moscow that the US and Russian Federation have reached a "low point" in relations, Xinhua news agency reported.

"I know they're doing investigations into that right now".

Following the meeting with Putin and earlier talks with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, Tillerson told reporters that bilateral ties are "at a low point".

Donald Trump told journalists "we may be at an all time low" in terms of relations with Russian Federation at a press conference tonight. Russia, which has backed Syria in that country's six-year civil war, called the missile strike a violation of global law and pledged to retaliate for further attacks.

"I think he means well and wants to help; we will see whether he does".

  • Larry Hoffman