NATO chief: Trump did not change our policy
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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday disputed Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says voters should choose who nominates Supreme Court justice Trump, Biden will not shake hands at first debate due to COVID-19 Pelosi: Trump Supreme Court pick 'threatens' Affordable Care Act MORE's claims that the defense alliance changed its policy as a direct result of his criticism.


Asked about Trump's comments regarding NATO's lack of anti-terrorist operations, Stoltenberg told Foreign Policy that “NATO has been fighting terrorism for many years,” later adding that "soldiers from Canada and Europe have lost their lives in Afghanistan." 

He then proceeded to address the GOP nominee's call to demand more out of NATO countries in return for assured protection.

“Our collective defense guarantees are not conditional on defense spending,” said the NATO chief. “They are absolute and that is why they’ve been so successful.”

Trump has softened his message when it comes to NATO. He once called the alliance “obsolete," but has since claimed that NATO "changed their policy" since his last comments.

“I had previously said that NATO was obsolete because it failed to deal adequately with terrorism,” Trump said during his speech in Youngstown, Ohio in August. “Since my comments they have changed their policy and now have a new division focused on terror threats.”

According to Stoltenberg, however, the decision to create a new anti-terrorism division "was taken a long time ago."