President Obama said his successor Donald TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by Boeing — Milley warns of 'Sputnik moment' for China WSJ publishes letter from Trump continuing to allege voter fraud in PA Oath Keeper who was at Capitol on Jan. 6 runs for New Jersey State Assembly MORE is committed to upholding the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) alliance in his first press conference since the election.
"In my conversation with the president-elect, he expressed a great interest in maintaining our core strategic relationships. And so one of the messages I will be able to deliver is his commitment to NATO and the Transatlantic Alliance," Obama told reporters Monday before embarking on his final trip abroad.
Obama said he would assure foreign leaders of Trump's commitment to NATO.
National Security Advisor Susan Rice said earlier Monday that allies can assume the U.S. will uphold its defense obligations, according to an Agence France-Presse report.
"The weight of this office, and the weight of American global leadership, and the responsibilities that it entails, and the history that we share, the interests that endure, make it reasonable for our allies and partners to expect that the United States will uphold its obligations," Rice told the news agency.
Rice's comments were the first time she spoke publicly since Trump won the presidential election. She previously served as President Obama's ambassador to the United Nations.
Trump said during his campaign that the U.S. could abandon the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), an alliance it joined in 1949.
The president-elect has also praised Russian President Vladimir Putin. A spokesman for Putin suggested last week that the U.S. could rebuild the Kremlin's trust by urging NATO forces to draw down at the Russian border.