Trump commits to NATO mutual defense after hesitating

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Trump made the statement on June 9 at a news conference in Washington with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis in response to a question about the US commitment to respecting Article 5 in case of military aggression on NATO's eastern flank.

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At the same time, Trump reiterated the need for all 28 members to meet their obligation to spend at least two percent of their budget on their own self-defense.

Romania's President Klaus Iohannis received a warm welcome from US President Donald Trump before their meeting at the White House on Friday, June 9.

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

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"I'll tell you about that sometime in the very near future", Trump said.

"The visit will reaffirm America's steadfast commitment to one of our closest European allies and emphasize the administration's priority of strengthening NATO's collective defense", the White House said. And he said multiple times that he choose to take detailed notes about his interactions with Trump because he anxious the White House and President would lie about them if he didn't.

Trump's commitment to Article 5 came as a great relief to NATO's members from Eastern Europe, who are all greatly concerned with an increasingly aggressive Russian policy of expansionism that saw President Vladimir Putin's forces march into the Ukraine in 2014.

Trump earlier praised North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member Romania for boosting its defense spending to 2 percent of its GDP, as required for all North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members, and for its contribution to the fight against terrorism. So I said, do we ever go back and say how about paying the money from many, many years past? "I look forward to working with you to deepen the ties of both commerce and culture between our two countries", The US President added.

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