"It's no longer obsolete", he said at a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

Mr. Secretary-General, welcome to the NewsHour.

President Donald Trump says the U.S.is "not getting along with Russian Federation at all" and relations between the two global powers are at an "all-time low".

The meeting here was a prelude to a meeting in Brussels of all North Atlantic Treaty Organisation heads of state scheduled to take place in May.

"One by one we are keeping our promises — on the border, on energy, on jobs, on regulations", Trump tweeted Wednesday evening.

"[It is] very, very hard to compete when you have a strong dollar and other countries are devaluing their currency".

Still, the new tone on Russia, NATO, Yellen and Bannon amounted to too much of a sample of modified political behavior to represent a mere coincidence. "They were there. So we'll find out", he said.

As usual, when he's reading from a script, President Trump sounded like an ill-prepared middle-school student suddenly forced to stand up in front of his class and read his book report aloud. So NATO is constantly changing.

"I said it's obsolete", Trump said, referencing a favorite refrain.

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French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Tillerson had openly questioned why "American taxpayers" should be concerned about Ukraine, which has been racked by a separatist conflict for the last three years.

"They made a change, and now they do fight terrorism", he said.

"I have expressed that the strong focus of President Trump on this issue has been helpful, but, of course, these are decisions taken in 28 parliaments, governments, so there are different reasons", said Stoltenberg.

"The leaders pledged close cooperation and coordination on these and other issues", the statement said, adding that "They agreed to remain in close contact".

Stoltenberg, also appearing on CNN's "New Day", told the program that after many years of decline in defense spending in Europe and Canada, now there has been an increase, and Trump's call that the member states pay more may have been helpful.

General Secretary Stoltenberg praised the U.S. deployment in Eastern Europe and talked up the strength of the Alliance, underscoring the 2% commitment to defense expenditure. "We have turned the corner, and European defense spending has now started to increase". "Ultimately I believe we're going to get rid of most of those problems and there won't be fear of anybody". That's not exactly a group of countries that you're looking to hang out with. "Now we are stepping up our efforts to fight global terrorism", Stoltenberg said. The questioner also explained that Trump claimed that this retroactive 2% would go to the United States, to make up for the U.S. baring more than its share of the defense burden.

JUDY WOODRUFF: But that is - I think most observers now see Afghanistan as slipping back into chaos. And we still have Taliban. The presser at least came at a good time, after two days of Sean Spicer putting his foot in his mouth regarding the Holocaust. We're not a rich country anymore. And the second thing is that they are able to do that without us being there to conduct the combat operations. "No. 2, the countries aren't paying what they're supposed to pay", Trump said in January. We launched NATO's biggest military operation ever in Afghanistan. "Maybe better than anticipated", Mr Trump said about that meeting. We can not solve all the problems for the Afghans.

"I phoned him just after he was elected. We'll see whether or not he does".

Trump announced the move during a press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.


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