WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump mentioned on Thursday the USA is totally dedicated to NATO however repeated his insistence that different members pay extra for their very own safety.

“We shall be with NATO 100 per cent, however as I instructed the nations, you need to step up and you need to pay,” Trump mentioned in a speech at the Pentagon.

His remark follows a report in The New York Times that Trump final yr spoke to senior officers about pulling the USA from the important thing western safety alliance.

Trump has usually publicly blasted members of the 29-nation partnership for not paying extra into their nationwide defence budgets.

Earlier than taking workplace, Trump referred to as NATO “out of date” and shortly after a tumultuous summit in July final yr, he questioned whether or not the US would honor the alliance’s founding precept of mutual defence for latest member Montenegro.

On Thursday, Trump repeated his view that shut allies had been benefiting from the US safety umbrella for many years and that it was his mission to cease that.

“We can’t be the fools for others. We can’t be. We do not wish to be referred to as that. And I’ll let you know for a few years behind your backs, that’s what they had been saying,” Trump mentioned.

Trump was talking throughout an handle to the Pentagon targeted totally on the deliberate growth of US missile defence capabilities that the president mentioned would counter rising threats.

These embrace Russia’s just lately unveiled hypersonic missiles, which Moscow says can’t be stopped by any form of interceptor.

Trump mentioned expanded US missile defences shall be “unequalled and unmatched.”

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