Trump reverses himself on NATO, China, Russia and more

Trevor Jackson
April 15, 2017

"I think he fundamentally doesn't understand the nature of the Russia-China relationship", she said, describing it as pragmatic.

"I said it [Nato] was obsolete", Mr Trump said.

Despite initial hopes in Moscow of better ties with Washington under Trump, the United States new president has tempered his praise of Putin, most recently condemning his support for Syria's Bashar al-Assad.

Trump spoke at a news conference alongside NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, whom he welcomed to the White House on an official trip. It's clear that Kushner has not just out-Ivanka'd Bannon in meetings, but taken a few bookmarks off Trump's browser.

Meena Bose, director of Hofstra University's Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency, said Trump's apparent flip-flops may be part of governing with no previous political experience.

"I complained about that a long time ago and they made a change, and now they do fight terrorism", Trump continued.

On the heels of his educational conversation with Xi, Trump also declared that China is not manipulating its currency - something that all during the campaign and for months since then he said it was doing.

Some of Mr Trump's most stalwart supporters have also termed his bombing of Syria a betrayal and are alarmed that he has yet to follow through on some of his pledges on immigration. A dubious, if not risky claim, not only has that not happened almost four months into his presidency, Trump recently wrote the idea off completely.

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"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.

But on Wednesday, Trump had a different view: "They made a change and now they do fight terrorism". The observation came following the airstrikes launched against Syria by the nation in retaliation for the chemical attack conducted by the latter.

Trump hoped that the European countries would have nothing to fear from Russian Federation.

It may also be that Trump is merely looking for a way to improve his low approval rating, acknowledging his best tactic could be switching to a less dogmatic, more pragmatic approach. "Both sides agreed that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation must be strong and that all the countries have to pay more for its military budget", Reiner Braun, co-president of the International Peace Bureau, told Radio Sputnik's Brian Becker.

"They're not currency manipulators", he conceded in the Wall Street Journal interview, adding that he was concerned that officially branding them as such could jeopardize his talks with Beijing on confronting North Korea.

Trump, in a series of tweets, on Wednesday disputed the notion he's veered from the course he set on the campaign trail. "We're going to see how that all works out".

Last week, he ordered airstrikes against the Syrian military, even though he promised during the campaign to keep the United States out of conflicts in the Middle East. It led the Trump dispensation to initially to allege that China is robbing the U.S blind, including accusing it of currency manipulation and dishonest trade practices, charges that the US President did not publicly confront China's President Xi with when they met in Florida last week.

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