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Trump says Nato 'no longer obsolete'

15 comments, 859 views, posted 7:40 am 13/04/2017 in Military by tricpe
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US President Donald Trump has said Nato is "no longer obsolete", reversing a stance that had alarmed allies.

Hosting Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the White House, Mr Trump said the threat of terrorism had underlined the alliance's importance.

He called on Nato to do more to help Iraqi and Afghan "partners".

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

The Nato U-turn wasn't Mr Trump's only change of heart on Wednesday.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, he said he would not label China a currency manipulator, despite having repeatedly pledged to do so on his first day in office.

At a joint press conference with Mr Stoltenberg, Mr Trump said: "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 [Nato] was obsolete. It's no longer obsolete."

But Mr Trump reiterated his call for Nato member states to contribute more funding to the alliance.

"If other countries pay their fair share instead of relying on the United States to make up the difference we will all be much more secure," said the US president.

Mr Stoltenberg thanked Mr Trump for "an excellent and very productive meeting".

Earlier this week Nato welcomed Montenegro as its 29th member nation.

The meeting at the White House comes hours after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met Russian President Vladimir Putin during a trip to Moscow.

"Things went pretty well. Maybe better than anticipated," Mr Trump said about that meeting.

"Right now we're not getting along with Russia at all. We may be at an all-time low in terms of relationship with Russia."

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9:54 am 13/04/2017

REALITY

"I said it was obsolete. It's no longer obsolete." and the waters of the Hudson parted....

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10:38 am 13/04/2017

backroom

Keep NATO around. Like old clothes... it will come back into fashion.

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11:41 am 13/04/2017

dr3n

He probably now thinks that nato is a golf course in France..

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12:36 pm 13/04/2017

REALITY

Quote by marksyzm:
I don't think Trump liked it that he was being called Bannon's puppet.

though he probably still is

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3:38 pm 13/04/2017

bytehead

It never was. But then, Lord Dumpanut has often changed his mind when it fits his narrative, and he'll go along until it doesn't fit his narrative again.

We're 83 days into his term, and we still don't have one fucking clue as to when this administration is actually going to have a policy that isn't going to be flipped 180 degrees by something.

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10:56 pm 13/04/2017

REALITY

this is what a NATO general sounds like taking his first breath for 2 months

NATO General Says Trump Has Been "Very Consistent" On NATO Support

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11:27 pm 13/04/2017

bytehead

That is a laugh!

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9:19 am 14/04/2017

tricpe

Quote by bytehead:
It never was. But then, Lord Dumpanut has often changed his mind when it fits his narrative, and he'll go along until it doesn't fit his narrative again.

We're 83 days into his term, and we still don't have one fucking clue as to when this administration is actually going to have a policy that isn't going to be flipped 180 degrees by something.

In next episode: swamp is your friend

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4:10 pm 14/04/2017

bytehead

Quote by tricpe:
In next episode: swamp is your friend

That's already happened...

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11:41 pm 14/04/2017

HariSeldon

Quote by bytehead:

We're 83 days into his term, and we still don't have one fucking clue as to when this administration is actually going to have a policy that isn't going to be flipped 180 degrees by something.

Good and fair point.

However, would you rather have a president who contantly flipped their policies and statements when confronted with reality or a president who refused to ever change no matter what.

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1:55 am 15/04/2017

bytehead

Quote by HariSeldon:
would you rather have a president who constantly flipped their policies and statements when confronted with reality

The problem is, is it being with confronted with reality that is changing his mind? If he keeps flipping the same point 180 degrees multiple times, then no, it's not. What will happen here? Who knows, I can't predict the future, not with this President. For all I know, I won't see my 60th birthday. Or maybe I will. If this President actually is learning (albeit, quite slowly), then there is even more hope.

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4:20 am 19/04/2017

backroom

Quote by HariSeldon:
However, would you rather have a president who contantly flipped their policies and statements when confronted with reality or a president who refused to ever change no matter what.


I would rather have a President who did not say stupid shit to begin with.
And there is no confrontation with reality...
Every flip has been an effort to close a deal.

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