Ah the words of Candidate Trump versus those of President Trump. We aren’t even 100 days into his presidency and it’s like listening to two completely different guys speak.
President Trump just wrapped up a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg where he completely flipped 180 degrees from his stance on NATO during the 2016 election cycle. Just the complete opposite of everything Trump ever said just happened.
First, a refresher. Here’s just one example (of many many available) of candidate Trump on NATO, regarding how the US should withdraw from NATO and that it’s “obsolete”:
That is just a total contrast to what he said today.
Some highlights from this afternoon include:
Trump now believes NATO to be the quote “bulwark of international peace and security”
The US is going to help “upgrade” NATO
NATO has “made a change” and “now they do fight terrorism”
NATO is “no longer obsolete”
The only thing that remained the same is Trump’s stance on member states paying more… but at the 2% of GDP he requested NATO member states to pay, how is that going to diminish America’s financial burden in relation to NATO in any meaningful way?
Watch for yourself. Interesting that the White House made the video of the press conference unlisted and disabled comments.
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