Published: Thu, April 13, 2017
U.S. | By Monique Johnson

President Trump: Nato 'no longer obsolete' as he declares commitment to alliance

He also called on the alliance to do more to help Iraqi and Afghan "partners".

"I said it was obsolete". It is no longer obsolete.

"It's no longer obsolete", Trump said, adding that the transatlantic alliance was adapting to the broader mission against Isis.

The president said it was "disappointing" to see "vicious and violent" images of babies dying, 'fathers holding children in their arms that were dead, dead children.

Although Trump has since vowed to increase USA defense spending to restore what he says is a depleted military, NATO's price tag has been his sticking point. "If other countries pay their fair share instead of relying on the United States, we will all be much more secure, and our partnership much stronger". "Many have not been doing that", Trump said Wednesday. "It was very, very successfully done".

Thanking NATO members for condemning Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's use of chemical weapons, the US President said he has absolutely no doubt over the USA strikes in Syria as it was a right thing.

Trump said, "when I saw that, I said we have to do something". His comments precipitated some concern among the United States' allies. Tillerson and the Russian foreign minister held a tense and hostile news conference about Syria that didn't even bother with the usual facade of diplomacy. Many political analysts also view it as a message to Russian Federation as the support announcement coincided with visit of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to Moscow.

President Donald Trump says he's had "a very good call" with Chinese leader Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) dealing with what Trump calls "the menace of North Korea". Russia, which has backed Syria in that country's six-year civil war, called the missile strike a violation of worldwide law and pledged to retaliate for further attacks.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was, after all, created to fight the Soviet Union, and Trump's comments on obsolescence were in the context of his call for improved US-Russia relations. "We're going to see how it all works out".

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