Despite calling North Atlantic Treaty Organisation 'obsolete,' Trump hosts alliance chief at White House

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Tuesday's Mini-Report, 4.11.17

Following talks with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the White House, the U.S. president again called on alliance members to spend two per cent of their GDP on defence.

Mr. Trump, who questioned the USA commitment to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation during the campaign, also plans to discuss with Mr. Stoltenberg options for getting more North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members to pay the suggested 2 percent of gross domestic product to the alliance. "I complained about that a long time ago", Trump said, "and they made a change and now they do fight terrorism".

"NATO is obsolete", Trump, then a candidate, told ABC News in March of 2016.

Germany, for instance, has committed to ratcheting up its spending to 2 percent of GDP by 2024, a decision Trump praised Merkel for during a joint press conference at the White House last month.

"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", the White House said.

He called Syrian President Bashar al-Assad "a butcher" and said "I have absolutely no doubt we did the right thing" in launching the missile strike.

He said it is "possible" but "unlikely" that Russian Federation knew about the chemical weapons attack before it took place.

And "the (member) countries aren't paying what they're supposed to pay", he said. "They wanted to kill the prime minister and overthrow the government in order to keep Montenegro from becoming a part of NATO", McCain said pointing out that the U.S. should send clear message to Russian Federation that it won't have veto power over NATO enlargement decisions.

And Trump says in an interview with Fox Business News that solving the standoff with North Korea isn't "as simple as people would think".

Trump had previously pushed for improved ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but Trump has been cooler towards Moscow since last week's chemical weapons attack carried out by Russia's longtime ally, Syria.

Donald Trump said USA relations with Russian Federation are at an all time low and admitted it's possible the country knew in advance of the chemical attack in Syria that left at least 80 people dead. That, Trump said, is "very bad for Russia" and "very bad for mankind" and the world.

"I thank you for your attention to this issue", he said. "We need to explore with them what areas we could...cooperate on".

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