After holding talks with NATO Secratary General Jans Stoltenberg in a joint news conference, President Donald Trump reversed his position regarding NATO and now believes that the International organization is “no longer obsolete.” The comment about NATO completely contradicts Trump’s previous stance on the organization, where he publicly stated that he believed NATO was an obsolete organization.
Trump stated: “I said it was obsolete. It is no longer obsolete.” during the joint news conference, which was held just after NATO’s recent anti-terror efforts and aimed to address the issues currently unresolved in Syria. In his opening statements, Stoltenberg reassured the public that NATO was doing everything in its power to address the issue, noting that NATO troops have been fighting terrorism in Afghanistan for years and that NATO recently created a new division specifically geared towards taking down terrorist organizations.
President Trump then continued to share his perspective, and reiterated his belief that the members of NATO absolutely need to commit 2% to International defense efforts which was deemed necessary under the NATO treaty.
During the conference, Trump stated: “In facing our common challenges, we must also ensure that NATO members meet their financial obligations and pay what they owe. Many have not been doing that.” He continued “The secretary general and I agree that other member nations must satisfy their responsibility to contribute 2% of GDP to defense. 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 and our partnership will be made that much stronger.”
The meeting later concluded with NATO Secratary General Stoltenberg praising Trump for giving his (seemingly) undivided attention in regard to resolving the issue and said “We are already seeing the effects of your strong focus on the importance on burden sharing in the alliance.”