President Donald Trump speaks at press conference in the Rose Garden at the White House on June 9, 2017.
"Frankly, James Comey confirmed a lot of what I said - and some of the things that he said just weren't true", Trump said in his first on-camera remarks following Comey's testimony.
While Trump surrogates such as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis have repeatedly spoken of US commitment to the article, Trump has been reluctant since calling the alliance "obsolete" while on the campaign trail.
North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies - and Trump's own staff - would be forgiven for feeling a sense of whiplash after Trump's changes-of-mind on the alliance's relevance over the last two years. In that speech, Trump demanded that allies live up to a pledge to spend 2 percent of their gross domestic product on defense by 2024.
Article 5 states that "an armed attack against one or more" members "in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all" and has been the bedrock of the trans-Atlantic relationship for almost seven decades. "That's one of the reasons that I want people to make sure that we have a very, very strong force by paying the kind of money necessary to have that force".Читайте также: Apple Unveils 'HomePod' Speaker, First New Product in Years
On Thursday, as Comey sat before the Senate Intelligence Committee, he was asked about being taped in the White House, to which Comey replied, "Lordy, I hope there are tapes".
In terms of Trump's meeting with Iohannis, the two leaders are likely to discuss the American-Romanian military partnership. Though the president said others, too, were guilty of supporting terrorism, he said he would not name them.
US President Donald Trump, while addressing media on Friday, rubbished ex-Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey's statement that the former had instructed the latter to let go of the investigation surrounding former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
But having not mentioned it himself, Trump sowed some doubts among allies and the ensuing controversy prompted Vice President Mike Pence to later express explicit USA support for the charter. You need the money to make it strong. But here is what we absolutely know unequivocally about this administration: nothing they say can ever be taken a face value.
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