President Trump on Wednesday said that NATO is “no longer obsolete ” — a big change after Trump repeatedly called the alliance obsolete on the campaign trail.
At a joint press conference with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.
Trump said that he will continue to work closely with NATO allies, particularly when it comes to fighting terrorism.
“The secretary-general and I had a productive discussion on what more NATO can do in the fight against terrorism.
” Trump said at Wednesday’s press conference. “I complained about that a long time ago and they made a change and now they do fight terrorism.”
“I said it was obsolete,” he continued. “It is not longer obsolete.”
During the 2016 campaign and after his election, Trump frequently criticized NATO as “obsolete” and knocked allies for not paying their “fair share.”
At Wednesday’s press conference, Trump reiterated his call that NATO allies “meet their financial obligations and pay what they owe.”
He said he discussed with Stoltenberg his desire that allies fulfill their responsibility to spent 2 percent of their gross domestic product on defense by 2024.
Trump will travel to Brussels to attend a NATO summit on May 25.