Stoltenberg thinks Trump does believe in NATO
The secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, said he is “absolutely confident Donald Trump will be a president that will be strongly committed to NATO”.
He claimed Rex Tillerson, Trump’s secretary of state, and James Mattie, secretary of defence, are also “strongly committed” to the alliance.
Mr Stoltenberg said he agrees with Trump that European allies must invest more in collective defence.
Trump has called NATO "obsolete"
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I am looking forward to work with President Trump on how to adapt NATO.
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He said: “I am looking forward to work with President Trump on how to adapt NATO.
“Sit around the table and have an open discussion. That’s the best way to create strength and unity: to be together and discuss common challenges.”
Mr Stoltenberg claimed that NATO was the most “successful alliance in history” because of its ability to change.
He thinks that all NATO allies should spend two per cent of GDP on defence.
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This comes as Trump slammed NATO members for not contributing enough to the military alliance’s defence spending.
Germany’s Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, said Trump’s comments surrounding NATO had aroused concern across the 28-member alliance.
He said: "Obviously the comments from President-elect Trump, that he views NATO as obsolete, were viewed with anxiety.”
The departing vice president, Joe Biden, also talked up success of the alliance in his Davos speech.
In November, when Mr Stoltenberg spoke to Mr Trump, he claimed it was a positive exchange.
He said: “Good talk with US President-elect Donald Trump. We both underlined the enduring importance of NATO and increased defence spending.”
The chief said that the two leaders agreed that progress has been made on fairer burden-sharing in the alliance, but there is still a lot to do.