Trump reverses himself on NATO, China, Russia and more

Posted April 15, 2017

"But I'm assuming it will not be labeling China as a manipulator", Baker says.

Sandy Pho, a senior program associate for the Kissinger Institute on China at the Wilson Center, said that Trump, like many new presidents, has been facing a learning curve on the ways of Beijing.

On NATO, Spicer pointed to the Secretary General's interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation Room" where he indicated that NATO countries have been performing better in terms of their financial commitments. He was speaking to reporters at the White House alongside NATO's secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, after giving him a warm welcome and praising the organization as "the bulwark of global peace and security".

That movement, a response to increased Russian military activity and aggression, began before Trump took office but the secretary-general said the new US president backed the changing posture in Poland and NATO's Baltic states.

"They're not currency manipulators", Trump said of China on Wednesday. And earlier this month, Trump authorized a retaliatory strike on a Syrian airbase for a chemical weapons attack that US officials concluded was carried out by the Syrian regime.

US President Donald Trump has not yet been in the White House for 100 days, but he has already reversed his stance on many issues.

Trump and his supporters contend that while he's flexible, he's only modulating his position because he's getting what he truly wants.

"We may be at an all-time low in terms of a relationship with Russian Federation", said Mr Trump, who ordered the firing of USA cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield last week to punish Mr Assad for suspected use of poison gas in Syria's civil war.

On Wednesday, following his meeting with Stoltenberg, Trump, who had been a frequent critic of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, declared the alliance "no longer obsolete" and called on its 29 member countries to join together against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and to fight terrorism - but he repeated his campaign demand that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation "pay what they owe" to the United States.

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It was already deployed to the peninsula a month ago to participate in the annual military exercises with South Korea. He said a United States declaration of Chinese manipulation could jeopardize talks on North Korea.

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Trump's U-turn in foreign policy came amid infighting within his administration that has lately seen a decline in the influence of political operatives, mainly his chief strategist, Steve Bannon, whose former publication Breitbart News is under FBI investigation for links to Russian Federation.

"For Russia, this is something they did not want to see happen", NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti told the House Armed Services Committee in March. In the case of China, Trump can't think of its currency in a vacuum, but as part of his effort to contain North Korea.

Trump referred to the Syrian leader as a "butcher".

During the presidential campaign, Trump repeatedly slammed the members - 23 out of 28 - that are not meeting the alliance's recommended defense spending levels of 2% of GDP. The two authoritarian governments support each other on major foreign policy problems, dislike domestic protest and see the USA in a similar way.

"More weapons nearer to the borders never makes a situation more safe".

But experts said a formal declaration to that effect by the Treasury Department could have led to U.S. sanctions, which would have prompted retaliation from Beijing.

Trump now: Trump said that after speaking with Chinese President Xi Jinping, he changed his mind, he told The Wall Street Journal.