After calling it “obsolete” on the campaign trail, Donald Trump seems to be coming around on Nato.
“I said it was obsolete. It’s no longer obsolete,” Mr Trump said during a press conference on Wednesday afternoon after meeting with Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg.
Mr Stoltenberg said their meeting had been productive, and he echoed Mr Trump’s commitment to ensuring that members of the Nato alliance meet their obligations under the treaty, financial and otherwise. “Fair burden-sharing has been my top priority since taking office,” Mr Stoltenberg said. “We have now turned a corner,” he added, saying that he welcomed Mr Trump’s “very strong message” on Nato contributions while noting that members of the alliance had started to increase their spending.
Among the topics discussed at the meeting was Syria, a key flashpoint between the US and Russia since the former launched a missile strike on Syria last week, as well as Russia, where Mr Trump’s secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, met with Russia’s president and foreign minister earlier today.
“We may be at an all-time low” in terms of the US-Russia relationship, Mr Trump said, echoing comments made earlier this afternoon by Mr Tillerson. Mr Stoltenberg added: “Russia will not go away. We have to find ways to live with them.”