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Trump commits to NATO's Article 5

10 June 2017

This will be Trump's first press event since former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey denounced the president as a liar during his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

"And certainly we are there to protect", Trump said at a joint news conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis in the White House Rose Garden.

"Trump keeps using caveat: "I want people. paying the kind of money necessary to have that force", Benitez said on Twitter".

On Friday, Trump explicitly endorsed Article 5 of NATO's founding treaty, which requires allies to come to each other's defense - something he did not do during his widely-anticipated speech at NATO headquarters last month.

He did not specifically mention Article 5, which has only been invoked once, after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

According to Politico, Trump's defense and security advisers had included in his prepared speech a clear endorsement of the mutual-defense pledge, but Trump himself struck it out just before speaking.

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"While it is important that senior officials such as the vice president, secretary of state and secretary of defense reiterate that commitment, explicit endorsement - and the absence of an endorsement - has meaning", seven House Armed Services Democrats, including ranking member Adam Smith of Washington, wrote in a letter Friday.

"I'm not hinting at anything", Trump said, but then he teased, "You'll be very disappointed".

Trump also twice declined to confirm the existence of White House recordings of the conversations.

Trump's omission in Brussels raised concerns on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. He later reversed his opinion in office, wrongly claiming the alliance was now willing to fight terrorism because of Trump's demands it do so (NATO has actually been officially committed to battling terrorism since the 1980s, and has deployed troops to Afghanistan since the US-led war there began in 2001).

Last year, only five of the 28 countries met the two percent goal: the U.S., Greece, Britain, Estonia and Poland.

"I'll be glad to tell [Robert Mueller] exactly what I just told you", Trump said when a reporter inquired what he would tell the Special Counsel investigating allegations that Russian Federation interfered with the 2016 United States presidential election and colluded with the current President's campaign.

Trump commits to NATO's Article 5