Donald Trump says Nato is ‘no longer obsolete’

Posted On: 
13th April 2017

US President Donald Trump has claimed Nato is “no longer obsolete” as the military alliance now prioritises fighting terrorism.

Donald Trump speaking in the run up to the US election
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After talks with Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg Mr Trump reiterated his call for member states to meet the alliance’s 2% of GDP defence spending target, but softened his position towards the organisation.

At a joint press conference in the White House, he said: "The Secretary General and I had a productive discussion about what more Nato can do in the fight against terrorism.

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"I complained about that a long time ago and they made a change, and now they do fight terrorism.

"I said it was obsolete. It's no longer obsolete."

He added: “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”.

It comes after months of concern among allies about Mr Trump’s lukewarm remarks towards Nato in the run up to the US election.

He sparked unease before the 8 November vote after he said the US might not necessarily intervene on behalf of other Nato states unless they "fulfil their obligations" in terms of defence spending. 

Mr Stoltenberg yesterday thanked the President for “an excellent and very productive meeting”, while conceding that there is more work to be done to convince Nato members to increase their defence spending.