Trump's optimistic prognosis followed his declaration Wednesday that U.S. -Russia relations "may be at an all-time low", and that "right now we're not getting along with Russian Federation at all".
And that reflects that we see a more assertive Russian Federation, which has implemented a very significant military buildup over several years, and a Russian Federation which has used military force against neighbors, especially Ukraine.
In other words, it's a shift from the bomb-throwing nationalist Bannon faction towards the moderate wing represented by Jared Kushner and Trump's Wall Street allies. On the other hand, in the latest media conference, the president said that he was quite hopeful that the alliance will take care of America's Iraqi partners in their battle against the Islamic State.
"He's flexible, perhaps unprincipled, with a pragmatic approach to government", he said.
"When people vote for presidents, it's more for attributes than it is for issues", McKinnon adds. Following the meetings, Tillerson said he told Putin that U.S. -Russia relations were "at a low point". Trump, who has consistently challenged and criticized the alliance, praised it on Wednesday.
That movement, a response to increased Russian military activity and aggression, began before Trump took office but the secretary-general said the new USA president backed the changing posture in Poland and NATO's Baltic states.
The visibility of other key White House conservatives, such as senior adviser Stephen Miller, also has been noticeably reduced.
But unlike Obama, Trump truly was a non-establishment Washington outsider.
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Trump's opposition to the Export-Import Bank - a government agency that subsidizes US exports - endeared him to movement conservatives who labeled it "corporate welfare" and "crony capitalism". "At the right time everyone will come to their senses & there will be lasting peace!"
"There is not a common enemy on the scale of the Nazis", Kazianis said, "but to be in a constant combative mode just doesn't work".
From China to Syria, trade to the dollar, a rapid succession of 180 degree reversals has left Washington, foreign capitals and Trump's own fans with a nasty case of political whiplash.
The "realities" that Trump faces include North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's accelerating pursuit of nuclear and missile technology. He said a U.S. declaration of Chinese manipulation could jeopardise efforts to secure the country's help in containing the threat posed by North Korea.
"I think there probably is something to the idea that to a degree his appeal isn't policy-based", says Robert Van Houweling, a political science professor at the University of California, Berkeley, who has studied flip-flopping. And Thursday, the president tweeted that he had "great confidence that China will properly deal with North Korea". And the US also got China's abstention in a United Nations Security Council vote to condemn Syria for the use of chemical weapons. "Many have not been doing that".
"You can not not talk to China". "I mean look, we have, in terms of technology, nobody can even come close to competing".
So let's take a quick look back at all the bad things Trump said about North Atlantic Treaty Organisation before he decided that it's not so bad after all. "It's no longer obsolete".
And the encouraging thing is that we have seen that we have turned a corner. "We see this commitment not only in words but also in deeds", Stoltenberg said Wednesday.