Trump reverses himself on NATO, China, Russia and more

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White House Secretary Sean Spicer and President Donald Trump framed the policy flip as a victory, as NATO's General Secretary noted on Wednesday that NATO Allies have pledged $10bn more in defense spending as a result of President Trump's "strong focus on burden-sharing".

America's relationship with Russian Federation "may be at an all-time low", US President Donald Trump has said, but he hoped that it would be wonderful if the two countries got along. On Wednesday, however, the President declared the worldwide alliance was "no longer obsolete", taking credit for what he said was the organization's greater focus on fighting terrorism.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg wrapped up a two-day visit to the United States on Thursday with a town hall meeting at George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs. "I have absolutely no doubt we did the right thing, and it was very, very successfully done", he added. Right now we're not getting along with Russian Federation at all.

Trump's remarks come as his administration criticised Russia's support for Syrian leader President Bashar al-Assad and questioned the Kremlin's interference in elections in Montenegro.

Currently, just the USA and a handful of other countries are meeting the 2% target.

"We have established a new division for intelligence, which enhances our ability to fight terrorism, and working together in the alliance to fight terrorism in an even more effective way", the Washington Post quoted the Secretary General as saying.

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"I was very impressed with President Xi and I think he means well and I think he wants to help", Trump said.

Stoltenberg said he was of the same mind as Trump on terrorism, a problem toward which North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has sought to adapt itself to address, and defense spending among member states, which both men agreed must increase. I complained about that a long time ago and they made a change, and now they do fight terrorism.

Trump, during his campaign, repeatedly claimed that the Chinese government is actively interfering in the foreign exchange markets to keep the yuan weak compared to other global currencies, thereby giving its exporters an unfair advantage over manufacturers in other countries.

The improving ties with Beijing were underscored when Mr Trump told the Wall Street Journal in an interview yesterday that he would not declare China a currency manipulator as he had pledged to do on his first day in office.

For a man known to adopt policy positions more out of convenience or circumstance than principle, Donald Trump has made a tidal wave of public reversals on major issues over the past two days - some of them bedrock campaign promises.

"Georgia is implementing impressive reforms, strengthening their democratic institutions, modernising their defence institutional structures, and fighting corruption; and all of this is partly at least because of the aspirations to join NATO", Stoltenberg said.

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