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US President Donald Trump and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg will hold a joint press conference at the White House on April 12 after a bilateral meeting.

Trump is expected to address his key concern about NATO, that in his opinion, other countries aren’t adequately funding the alliance and that the US is paying an unfair proportion of its costs.

“But our partners must meet their financial obligations,” Trump said in February. “We expect our partners, whether in NATO, in the Middle East, or the Pacific, to take a direct and meaningful role in both strategic and military operations, and pay their fair share of the cost.”

The bilateral meeting comes one day after Trump signed off Montenegro’s NATO membership. In March, the US Senate approved Montenegro’s membership bid by 97 to 2. The US was among the last of NATO’s 28 member countries to ratify Montenegro’s accession.



As it happened …

Fergus Kelly April 12, 20173:04 pm

Russia vetoed and China abstained on the UN Security Council vote on a resolution on Syria.

Joanne April 12, 20173:06 pm

Trump: The NATO alliance has been the bulwark of international peace and security.

Andrew Okwuosah April 12, 20173:07 pm

Trump on NATO: “Our common security is always number one”

Joanne April 12, 20173:07 pm

Trump: We must work together to resolve the disaster taking place in Syria.

Joanne April 12, 20173:08 pm

Trump: The Secretary-General and I had a productive discussion about what more NATO can do in the fight against terrorism.

Joanne April 12, 20173:09 pm

Trump says NATO is “no longer obsolete,” hopes the alliance will take on a greater role fighting ISIS in Iraq.

Joanne April 12, 20173:11 pm

Stoltenberg says his meeting with Trump was productive.

Joanne April 12, 20173:11 pm

Stoltenberg: I welcome the very strong commitment of the United States to the security of Europe.

Joanne April 12, 20173:11 pm

Fergus Kelly April 12, 20173:12 pm

Fergus Kelly April 12, 20173:14 pm

Stoltenberg talks of his earlier wreath-laying at Arlington National Cemetery

Joanne April 12, 20173:14 pm

Joanne April 12, 20173:14 pm

Stoltenberg: NATO can and must do more in the global fight against terrorism.

Andrew Okwuosah April 12, 20173:15 pm

Stoltenberg names fighting terrorism as key talking point for NATO meeting in Brussels

Joanne April 12, 20173:16 pm

Joanne April 12, 20173:16 pm

NATO members increased their defense spending in 2016 for the first time to the tune of about $10 billion, Stoltenberg says.

Joanne April 12, 20173:17 pm

Stoltenberg: Any use of chemical weapons is unacceptable, cannot go unanswered, and those responsible must be held accountable.

Joanne April 12, 20173:19 pm

Trump: “Based on everything I’m hearing, things went pretty well, maybe better than anticipated,” for Tillerson in Russia.

Andrew Okwuosah April 12, 20173:19 pm

Trump: “It would be nice to get along with Russia, but we’ll see what happens.”

Joanne April 12, 20173:20 pm

Trump says he told Chinese President Xi that the two nations could “make a good trade deal” if Beijing “helps with North Korea.”

Andrew Okwuosah April 12, 20173:20 pm

Trump: “I think [Chinese President Xi] means well”

Joanne April 12, 20173:21 pm

Trump: It would be a fantastic thing if we got along with Putin and we got along with Russia.

Joanne April 12, 20173:22 pm

Stoltenberg: We don’t want a new Cold War. We don’t want a new arms race.

Andrew Okwuosah April 12, 20173:23 pm

Stoltenberg: “We have to find ways to manage our relationship with Russia”

Joanne April 12, 20173:23 pm

Fergus Kelly April 12, 20173:24 pm

BBC’s John Sopel tells Trump he’s “here to help” after Trump tells him he likes his question.

Andrew Okwuosah April 12, 20173:24 pm

Joanne April 12, 20173:24 pm

Trump: “I think it’s possible,” Syria carried out the April 4 chemical attack without Russia’s knowledge. “I think it’s unlikely.”

Andrew Okwuosah April 12, 20173:25 pm

Trump: “I have absolutely no doubt [missile strike] was the right thing to do.”

Joanne April 12, 20173:25 pm

Trump on Assad: “That’s a butcher. That’s a butcher.”

Andrew Okwuosah April 12, 20173:27 pm

Stoltenberg: “It is in Europe’s interest” to spend on its defense

Joanne April 12, 20173:28 pm

“I think it’s wonderful that they abstained,” Trump says of China’s vote at the UN Security Council.

Joanne April 12, 20173:28 pm

Joanne April 12, 20173:29 pm

Stoltenberg: We have to find ways to engage with Russia.

Andrew Okwuosah April 12, 20173:31 pm

Q: What do you think European countries have to fear from Russia?

Andrew Okwuosah April 12, 20173:32 pm

Trump: There won’t be “any need to fear anyone”

Joanne April 12, 20173:32 pm

Andrew Okwuosah April 12, 20173:33 pm

Stoltenberg: “Any use of chemical weapons is unacceptable and cannot go unanswered.”

Andrew Okwuosah April 12, 20173:34 pm

…And that’s a wrap

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