Trump Voices Support for NATO

Former NATO chief opens strategic consultancy
Posted at 4:46 PM, Feb 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-06 16:46:00-05

MACDILL AFB, Fla. (AP) - President Donald Trump is telling an audience of U.S. military personnel, "we strongly support NATO."

The president praised the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in a speech at U.S. Central Command at the MacDill Air Force base in Florida.

Trump's comments follow his conversation Sunday with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. A White House statement said the two "discussed how to encourage all NATO allies to meet their defense spending commitments," as well as the crisis in Ukraine and security challenges facing NATO countries.

Trump agreed during that conversation to attend a NATO leaders' meeting in Brussels in late May.

Trump once dismissed the trans-Atlantic military alliance as "obsolete."

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