Trump does an about-face on NATO during press conference with Stoltenberg

Posted April 13, 2017

Trump said it was "certainly possible" that Russia President Vladimir Putin knew about the attack, blamed on Assad, indicating Russian officials were present at the source airbase, which Trump later bombed.

And, after telling Wall Street Journal this morning he will not, as he had vowed during his campaign, declare China a currency manipulator, Trump this afternoon told reporters he had an interesting time with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago last weekend. "And then they started saying Trump is right".

He said it is "possible" but "unlikely" that Russian Federation knew about the chemical weapons attack before it took place.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the level of trust between Russia and the USA has slipped after Trump's election.

Washington responded to the suspected chemical attack by targeting a Syrian air based with a barrage of cruise missiles in an operation that incensed Moscow.

Former CIA Director and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told "CBS This Morning" on Tuesday that he doesn't believe that Bashar al-Assad has won Syria's civil war. Its involvement in that war came after the United States invoked NATO's Article 5, the provision calling for collective defense, after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.

He went on to say that relations between the two countries "may be at all time low".

"We expect the president and the secretary general to talk about NATO's approach to Russian Federation and to emphasize that Russian Federation must uphold all of its commitments under the Minsk agreement to peacefully resolve the conflict in eastern Ukraine", the official said.

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"The United States will work to further strengthen our already strong relationship with Montenegro and looks forward to formally welcoming the country as the twenty-ninth member of the NATO Alliance", the White House said in a statement.

"We're very concerned about Russian interference in the October elections in Montenegro, including credible reports of Russian support for an election-day attack on the government", a senior White House official told reporters. Trump had previously questioned NATO's relevance.

He hailed NATO's role in the fight against terrorism, describing the alliance as the "bulwark of worldwide peace and security".

Trump's proposed budget for the coming fiscal year would boost US military spending by 10 percent, while making deep cuts in development and foreign aid.

President Donald Trump has signed the U.S. approval for Montenegro to join NATO, following the majority vote in the Senate to ratify the small Balkan state's accession to the trans-Atlantic alliance in March.

He said he discussed with Stoltenberg his desire that allies fulfill their responsibility to spent 2 percent of its GDP on defense by 2024. If China does not help, Trump said the US will "go it alone", which he said "means going it with lots of other nations".

Trump says North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries will be more secure and the partnership strengthened if other countries pay their fair share and stop relying on the United States.