Published: Sat, April 15, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Trump does about-face on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

Trump does about-face on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

Media captionHow has Donald Trump's position on Syria changed? This week, the current president abandoned a string of his best-known policy positions over a matter of days. "It is no longer obsolete". After a recent meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Trump went full reversal, telling the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday that the country is actually not a currency manipulator and opting to leave their status alone. I like her, I respect her.

In the Wall Street Journal interview, the president praised the Export-Import Bank, which he dismissed in August a year ago as an "unnecessary" agency with "a lot of excess baggage". But what kind of political consequences will he suffer? During his interview with the Journal on Wednesday, however, Trump reversed himself, putting the blame for a strong dollar versus a weak yuan on himself: "I think our dollar is getting too strong, and partially that's my fault because people have confidence in me".

Baker says he's a little disappointed that Trump seems to be dropping the currency issue. One reason may be that very specific policy proposals just aren't what people like about him.

"That's a very, very complex issue and I think the president ― I'm going to leave it to the president to specifically answer that", said Spicer, whose job it is to explain the president's positions. A more centrist, realistic one?

This may be the pragmatic side of Trump coming through, trying to get friendly with an enemy in order to leverage pressure on another enemy. I said it's obsolete.

"I like Steve, but you have to remember he was not involved in my campaign until very late", Trump said.

It's tough to grapple with the apparent fact that the president of the United States is a dolt. That toughness continues to win voters over. It wasn't - and neither is the presidency more broadly. And you know what? Those who disapprove - well, they already disapprove. "You can't say forget that". "And then they started saying Trump is right".

Stoltenberg also said Trump's administration is "very supportive of the adaptation of NATO" that has drawn an increased military presence into the alliance's eastern regions, closer to the border with Russian Federation.

That kind of flip-flop would crush most candidates' campaigns.

Consider monetary policy. In 2015, 70 percent of Americans didn't know who Janet Yellen was.

Trump, who ran for the White House on a pledge to shake up the status quo in Washington, repeatedly lashed out at China during the campaign, accusing Beijing of being a "grand champion" of currency manipulation.

One of Trump's big shifts is on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. He also expressed his country's readiness to deal with the crisis related to North Korea without China if needed. That attack prompted a retaliatory US missile strike. "And with what's going on now, China is not a currency manipulator right now".

"Well, the change reflects changing circumstances".

"Conditions do change, and you have to change with them".

"We are now seeing, for the first time in many, many years, an increase in the number of troops in Europe", said Stoltenberg. In his view, flip-flopping can be seen as "a skill", as opposed to a weakness.

But unlike Obama, Trump truly was a non-establishment Washington outsider.

President Trump's on-the-job training is exposing how much he didn't know when he was running for the nation's highest office. White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said: "It does not mean that the agencies will be free to hire willy-nilly".

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