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updated 11:58 AM CET, Mar 13, 2018

Trump says Nato 'no longer obsolete'

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The US president Donald Trump reversed course on his view of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on Wednesday, saying it is "no longer obsolete," after months of bashing the alliance as no longer relevant during his presidential campaign.

"I said it was obsolete. It's no longer obsolete," he said at a press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the White House.

"The secretary general and I had a productive discussion about what more NATO can do in the fight against terrorism," Trump said. "I complained about that a long time ago, and they made a change, and now they do fight terrorism”.

"Every generation strives to adapt the NATO alliance to meet the challenges of their times, and on my visit to Brussels this spring, which I look very much forward to, we will work together to do the same," he continued, calling for NATO to support Iraq and Afghanistan to fight ISIS. "We must not be trapped by the tired thinking that so many have but apply new solutions to face new circumstances."

But Mr Trump reiterated his call for NATO member states to contribute more funding to the alliance. "If other countries pay their fair share instead of relying on the United States to make up the difference we will all be much more secure," said the US president.

Mr Stoltenberg thanked Mr Trump for "an excellent and very productive meeting".

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