Trump: NATO is no longer obsolete

Trump: NATO is no longer obsoleteU.S. President Donald Trump has changed his stance on NATO, saying the block is "no longer obsolete," after the meeting with Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, BBC reported on Wednesday.

Hosting Stoltenberg at the White House, 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".

Trump has repeatedly questioned NATO's purpose while complaining that the U.S. pays an unfair share of membership.

"The secretary general and I had a productive discussion about what more NATO can do in the fight against terrorism," Trump said at a joint press conference with Stoltenberg.

"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," Trump added.

But 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 U.S. president.

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

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

"Things went pretty well. Maybe better than anticipated," 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," he added.

The NATO U-turn wasn't 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.
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