"If other countries pay their fair share instead of relying on the U.S.to make up the difference, we will be much more secure".
Trump, who spoke with Xi Tuesday night, discussed the call at a joint press conference Wednesday with Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (yehnz STOHL'-tehn-burg) of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. I complained about that a long time ago and they made a change.
"I said it was obsolete", Trump declared at the White House.
Stoltenberg said "burden sharing" is his top priority and that countries are making progress in reaching the 2 percent threshold for spending on defense, including Romania, Latvia and Lithuania, which are expected to reach the threshold this year or next. But NATO did recently established a new division to fight terrorism, as Stoltenberg noted.
The Russian foreign minister said that "despite the quantity of existing problems. there are considerable prospects for joint work".
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Trump's comments came amid heightened tensions over Moscow's backing of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad following a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria last week.
Vice President Mike Pence met with Stoltenberg shortly after, reassuring the alliance that the USA would meet its treaty obligations if necessary.
Republican Sens. Rand Paul (Ky.) and Mike Lee (Utah) were the only two Senate lawmakers to oppose the treaty, arguing that allowing Montenegro to join does little to help US national security interests.
"Trust at the working level, especially at the military level, hasn't gotten better; rather, it's deteriorated", Putin said in an interview with the Mir TV channel that aired Wednesday.
Trump maintained, as he did for the entirety of his candidacy, that it would be good for the U.S.to have better relations with Russian Federation but as it stands right now "we're not getting along with them at all". They are a very strong country, but we are also a strong country. That, Trump said, is "very bad for Russia" and "very bad for mankind" and the world.
"I said it was obsolete. They wanted to kill the prime minister and overthrow the government in order to keep Montenegro from becoming a part of NATO", McCain said pointing out that the United States should send clear message to Russian Federation that it won't have veto power over NATO enlargement decisions.