NATO head 'absolutely' believes Trump is committed to alliance

NATO head 'absolutely' believes Trump is committed to alliance

The head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) said Sunday that he “absolutely” believes President TrumpDonald John TrumpWatergate prosecutor says that Sondland testimony was 'tipping point' for Trump In private moment with Trump, Justice Kennedy pushed for Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination: book Obama: 'Everybody needs to chill out' about differences between 2020 candidates MORE is committed to the alliance.

Jens Stoltenberg, NATO's secretary-general, said that while he believes Trump is committed to the alliance because it is a treaty obligation, the president has also reaffirmed his support for NATO in various meetings.

Trump has “stated that he’s committed to NATO, and his security team has also stated that very clearly,” Stoltenberg said. 


Stoltenberg during his television appearance noted that the United States is increasing its military presence in Europe under the new administration.

The NATO chief said that Trump “has stated several times” that he is committed to the alliance and that the president’s calls for member nations to increase defense spending have “helped to convey a very clear message” about NATO commitments.

Stoltenberg's comments also follow Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord and his first trip to NATO headquarters in Brussels. The president received criticism after the visit for not explicitly mentioning his support for Article 5 of NATO's founding treaty, which stipulates that a threat to one nation member is a threat to all nation members.