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Heather Conley
Most of the countries (at the Warsaw summit) see Russia as their main security threat and most strongly support NATO and would like a stronger U.S. force presence in their countries.feedback
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NEW Jun 29 2017
“NATO has established a trust fund for cyber defence where we finance the programs, the activities we do. I think that the cyber attacks we have seen this week very much highlight the importance of the support, the help NATO ... provides to Ukraine to strengthen its cyber defences, technical and other kinds of support.” said Jens Stoltenberg speaking about NATO. It’s one of the 754 quotes about NATO you can find on this page. 334 people have said something about this topic. Among them: Michael Fallon and Anders Fogh Rasmussen. Browse the quotes by date and by name to find those that are relevant to you.
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Simon Cox

The Lithuanians are not there to support our training: they are there to support their own training. They have no interest in making our job easy or giving us an easy ride.feedback

Heidi Grant - Air Force

My observation is that years ago many countries depended on the U.S. but I think that in the last several years our partners are realizing that our stocks and munitions aren't what they used to be.feedback

Tod D. Wolters

The presence of the U.S. F-35A at this Paris Air Show shows a degree of cooperation with our partners. And the NATO region will very soon further embrace the F-35Bs in the United Kingdom. The more we sit together side by side and think through ways to better integrate the better. That is exactly what is happening at this air show.feedback

Ben Hodges

The gap is vulnerable because of the geography. It's not inevitable that there's going to be an attack, of course, but ... if that was closed, then you have three allies that are north that are potentially isolated from the rest of the alliance. We have to practice, we have to demonstrate that we can support allies in keeping (the Gap) open, in maintaining that connection.feedback

Sanjay Jha - Panmure Gordon & Co.

The economic backdrop remains supportive, with expectations that US and overall Nato defence spending will pick up after years of stagnation. Self-help measures should continue to improve margins.feedback

John Gronski

I think it's important for the soldiers to train on land that they may have to defend some day.feedback

Valdemaras Rupsys

This is only a small-scale drill compared to what would be needed in case of a real attack, but it is important for us because it shows that allies share our worries.feedback

Steven Gventer - US Army

The training helps present a credible defence force that hopefully will deter aggression, but if not, we'll be prepared to move to defend the borders of NATO.feedback

Dana White

The president has delegated force management authority for Afghanistan to the secretary. Any decisions about troop numbers will be made only after consultation with the inter-agency, the Afghan government, NATO allies and coalition partners.feedback

George H.W. Bush

The man I consider one of the greatest leaders in post-War Europe. Working closely with my very good friend to help achieve a peaceful end to the Cold War and the unification of Germany within NATO will remain one of the great joys of my life. Throughout our endeavours, Helmut was a rock, both steady and strong. We mourn his loss today, even as we know his remarkable life will inspire future generations of leaders to dare and achieve greatness.feedback

Helmut Kohl

I cited a 1970s-era NATO statement and said that NATO supported reunification. ... Thatcher stamped her feet in anger and screamed at me, That's how you see it! That's how you see it! I ask myself where Germany stands today and where it wants to go.feedback

George H.W. Bush

Working closely with my very good friend to help achieve a peaceful end to the Cold War and the unification of Germany within NATO will remain one of the great joys of my life. Throughout our endeavors, Helmut was a rock – both steady and strong. We mourn his loss today, even as we know his remarkable life will inspire future generations f leaders to dare and achieve greatly. May Almighty God bless Helmut Kohl and the freedom he helped to secure.feedback

Axel Eggert

The EU is a NATO partner of the U.S., therefore this doesn't make sense. The EU should have a full exemption from 232 measures. We fear there could be a broad application of section 232 that would be reason enough to provoke a reaction from the EU under WTO rules. The Commission is looking into all the options.feedback

Daulat Waziri

The United States knows we are in the fight against terrorism, . We want to finish this war in Afghanistan with the help of the NATO alliance.feedback

Teimuraz Ramishvili

Norway has to understand that after becoming an outpost of NATO, it will have to face head-on Russia and Russian military might.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Because of our actions, money is starting to pour in to NATO. The money is starting to pour in. Other countries are starting to realize that it's time to pay up and they're doing that. Very proud of that fact. The Democrats have no message, not on economics, not on taxes, not on jobs, not on failing #Obamacare. They are only OBSTRUCTIONISTS! They are nothing but OBSTRUCTIONISTS! Want approvals. Just yesterday we learned that one of the largest insurers is pulling out of Ohio. That could mean another 20,000 counties and 19,000 people will have no plan available to them.feedback

Bruno Cautrès

He had series of impressive international events with the NATO summit, the G-7 and the meeting with Putin at Versailles.feedback

Angela Merkel

Britain is a member of NATO, so we have a lot of shared challenges to deal with, and that's the spirit we want to carry out these negotiations in. But obviously while also asserting the interests of the 27 member states that will make up the European Union in future.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I'm committing the United States to Article Five. Certainly we are there to protect. That's one of the reasons that I want people to make sure we have a very, very strong force, by paying the kinds of money necessary to have that force. Because of our actions, money is starting to pour in to NATO.... Other countries are starting to realize that it's time to pay up. And they're doing that. Very proud of that fact. Because together we can confront the common security challenges facing the world. We hope our other NATO allies will follow Romania's lead.feedback

Sean Spicer

Having to reaffirm something by the very nature of being here and speaking at a ceremony about it is almost laughable.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Well, I'm committing the United States, and have committed, but I'm committing the United States to Article 5. Yes, absolutely I'd be committed to Article 5. Certainly we are there to protect and that's one of the reasons that I want people to make sure we have a very, very strong force, by paying the kind of money necessary to have that force. The money is starting to pour in. Other countries are starting to realize that it's time to pay up and they're doing that. Very proud of that fact.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Certainly, we are there to protect and that's one of the reasons that I want people to make sure we have a very, very strong force by paying the kind of money necessary to have that force, but yes absolutely I'd be committed to Article Five.feedback

Donald J. Trump

NATO members must finally contribute their fair share and meet their financial obligations, for 23 of the 28 member nations are still not paying what they should be paying and what they're supposed to be paying for their defense. I will say this – that because of our actions, money is starting to pour into NATO. The money is starting to pour in. Other countries are starting to realize that it is time to pay up, and they are doing that. Very proud of that fact.feedback

Jean-Claude Juncker - European Commission

Our deference to NATO can no longer be used as a convenient alibi to argue against greater European efforts. We have no other choice than to defend our own interests in the Middle East, in climate change, in our trade agreements.feedback

Philip Gordon

With Trump's rude, insulting and destabilizing NATO trip, Obama hardly needs to go out of his way to remind people how disastrous Trump is for the trans-Atlantic alliance. The comparison is inevitable and, I'm sure, doesn't bother him.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

It is just 11 years since your country regained independence and your accession to NATO will strengthen that independence. I want to congratulate the government and the people of Montenegro for everything you have achieved. With NATO membership our future will be stable, secure and prosperous and we will make decisions about the most important issues within the strongest, the most organised and most efficient alliance in the history of mankind.feedback

Johannes Hahn - European Union

We hope to get endorsement for this at the Trieste summit. With the political will, we can have this done within a year.feedback

Elżbieta Bieńkowska

European citizens see security as the number one thing that Europe should provide to them, so it's time to propose this. All developments in the United States will make our cooperation (in Europe) stronger. We will work more closely in the European Union, what we want to achieve is to have a stronger European defence and a stronger NATO. Up until now, member states were doing things completely separately, without any cooperation. I want to appeal to the member states to think about common projects, because the money will be there.feedback

Daniel Gros - Centre for European Policy Studies

It is highly unlikely that there would be fewer funds available to NATO. NATO does not have its own forces, it is 'merely' a structure to integrate and coordinate national forces. It is also highly unlikely that any EU defense union structure would not be the disposal of NATO should they be needed either for the defense of Europe, or for missions somewhere else in the world.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

As long as we make sure or the European Union makes sure that what the EU does is complementary to NATO, not competing with NATO.feedback

Mikhail Ulyanov

The fact that NATO forces are converging near Russia's borders and carrying out military exercises supported by strategic bombers from the USA capable of carrying nuclear weapons hardly helps de-escalate tensions in Europe.feedback

Daniel W. Drezner

One of the odder aspects of that very bad, no good, horrible McMaster and Cohn op-ed of last week was their claim that President Trump had affirmed Article 5 of NATO — “an attack against one ally is considered as an attack against all allies” — when he very clearly had not. Yesterday, Politicos Susan Glasser [].feedback

Boris Johnson

I don't think people in this room or around Britain realise quite how much other countries look to us and depend on us. We are one of the great nuclear powers of the world. We are the second biggest Nato contributor. We have a huge military presence around the world ... They would be appalled if Britain was suddenly abstracted, taken away, from the defence of Europe and of the world. And that would be the real tragedy, in my view, of a Jeremy Corbyn premiership.feedback

Donald J. Trump

An attack against one ally is considered as an attack against all.feedback

Dusko Markovic

[This] is a historic event for a country and a nation which endured enormous sacrifices in the 19th and 20th centuries in order to defend their right to a free life, the right to decide on our own future, the right to be recognized by the world under our own name, and with our national symbols. This is also confirmation of something that has never been questioned – that Americans remain committed to the stability and security of the Western Balkans and Europe.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

We are an alliance of democracies and we have at time different political perspectives, but together we rise above those differences and unite around a common purpose. To stand with each other, to protect each other, and if necessary to fight to defend each other.feedback

Charles Michel

I condemn this brutal act against #ParisAccord @realDonaldTrump Leadership means fighting climate change together. Not forsaking commitment.feedback

Angela Merkel

The times in which we could rely fully on others, they are somewhat over. We have to know that we must fight for our future on our own, for our destiny as Europeans.feedback

Mevlut Cavusoglu

German MPs can visit the Konya base. There is no problem to visit Konya where we have a NATO base. And we are working on the technical details. At the moment there is no decision for Incirlik.feedback

Vladimir Putin

In a sense that maybe, they [NATO] should completely be falling apart, that will help, but we don't see that falling apart just yet.feedback

Vladimir Putin

My answer is no. There were no agreements. We didn't even come close to that. We didn't even start negotiations. Does squabbling over NATO help Russia? It will if it leads to NATO's breakup, but we aren't seeing any such breakup yet. Now we can dump it all on him and American imperialism.feedback

Vladimir Putin

IP addresses can be invented – a child can do that! Your underage daughter could do that. That is not proof. If you're not intending to attack anybody, why increase your military spending? The U.S. demands from their allies to raise their spending and simultaneously says that NATO is not going to attack anybody. NATO was established as a Cold War instrument in the fight against the Soviet Union ... there is no longer any ... Soviet Union but NATO is still there. The question is, what for?feedback

Vladimir Putin

IP addresses can be invented, a child can do that! Your underage daughter could do that. That is not proof. NATO was established as a Cold War instrument in the fight against the Soviet Union ... there is no longer any ... Soviet Union but NATO is still there. The question is, what for?feedback

Piers Cazalet - NATO

NATO is a defensive alliance and we do not seek confrontation with Russia. NATO had no plan to deploy forces in the region before Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea.feedback

Cliff Kupchan - Eurasia Group

Having pulled out of the Paris accord, after sowing doubt at NATO and killing the TPP, President Trump is on the way to ending the U.S.-led international order. I think we're heading toward a Hobbesian, each-on-his-own world.feedback

Mirza Mohammad Yarmand

I don't think that more U.S. or NATO soldiers can solve the security problems in Afghanistan.feedback

Adam Thomson - NATO

Not all allies accept that NATO is an acceptable brand in Iraq. They are also worried about a slippery slope that leaves NATO holding the baby should the U.S. role diminish.feedback

Ian Cave

While this is a first time that this particular set of exercises takes place in Romania, the desired effect is to practice the ability to deliver to our politicians the capability they've requested of us.feedback

Barack Obama

The more NATO countries spend, the worse it is for Russia. What Trump's doing really is increasing NATO's ability to deter any kind of aggression on its borders.feedback

Sean Spicer

The president is getting results, and more countries are stepping up their burden-sharing. That is a good thing for them, it's a good thing for NATO and it's a good thing for America.feedback

Sushma Swaraj

By God's grace, Indian Embassy staff are safe in the massive # Kabul blast.feedback

Thorsten Benner

Trump's approach to NATO may end up benefiting Europe.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on NATO & military. Very bad for U.S. This will change. Russian officials must be laughing at the U.S. & how a lame excuse for why the Dems lost the election has taken over the Fake News.feedback

Frederick Trump

We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on NATO & military. Very bad for U.S. This will change.feedback

Paolo Gentiloni

I found him very willing to engage, very curious, with an ability and desire to ask questions and to learn from all his interlocutors.feedback

Marise Payne

These additional (Australian Defence Force) members will allow Australia to commit additional advisers to further develop the long-term capabilities of the Afghan security forces, as part of our current train, advise and assist mission.feedback

Anne Applebaum

American influence on the continent is at its weakest in recent memory.feedback

Michael Fallon

Look at the man's actions, not just his words…this is a man who has opposed every piece of anti-terrorist legislation, who does not support, noticeably this morning, does not support our military action in Iraq and Syria where the RAF are trying to keep us safe, dealing with terrorists who are planning attacks against western Europe and indeed against this country and has always questioned the nuclear deterrent and indeed our Nato deployments. We would certainly be less safe if Jeremy Corbyn was Prime Minister. Jeremy Corbyn is soft on terrorism.feedback

Daniela Schwarzer

His rhetoric and actions suggest he does not consider it a priority to build good and engaging relations with allies the U.S. so far considered its most important ones.feedback

Julianne Smith

It all fits with his strategic ambiguity approach to life. It may do wonders when dealing with adversaries. But it doesn't work when dealing with allies.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Over the last eight years, the United States spent more on defense than all other NATO countries combined. Many NATO countries have agreed to step up payments considerably, as they should. Money is beginning to pour in- NATO will be much stronger. I will make my final decision on the Paris Accord next week! We have great bonds with other countries and, with some of our closest allies, we concluded a truly historic week.feedback

H.R. McMaster

I think it's extraordinary that there would be an expectation that the president would have to say explicitly that he supports Article 5. Of course he does. He did not make a decision not to say it. It was implicit in the speech. There was no decision to not put it in there. It is a matter of fact that the United States, the president, stands firmly behind our Article 5 commitments under NATO.feedback

Ivo Daalder

Europe may owe itself; it certainly owes nothing to the U.S.feedback

Barack Obama

One of the things that I think, medium and long term, we'll have to examine is whether everybody is chipping in. And this can't just be a U.S. exercise or a British exercise or one country's efforts.feedback

Andrew Neil - BBC

Why would the British people want as their leader a man who for years supported the IRA?feedback

Priti Patel

In two weeks' time there is a choice. Either Jeremy Corbyn negotiating Brexit just 11 days after the election, or Theresa May. Brexit is central to everything – a vote for anyone other than Theresa May puts Corbyn in Downing Street and everything at risk.feedback

Priti Patel

Corbyn didn't answer a single question in that interview. He spent half an hour trying to escape from everything he had said and done in his 30 years in politics. The fact is he backed the IRA, doesn't support NATO, wouldn't renew Trident, wants to increase immigration and wants to massively increase taxes on working families.feedback

Priti Patel

The fact is he backed the IRA, doesn't support Nato, wouldn't renew Trident, wants to increase immigration and wants to massively increase taxes on working families…Brexit is central to everything; a vote for anyone other than Theresa May puts Corbyn in Downing Street and everything at risk.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

I want to work within Nato to achieve stability. I want to work within Nato to promote a human rights democracy and under a Labour government that's exactly what we'd be doing.feedback

Donald Rumsfeld

Those countries, for the most part, are not meeting the NATO target. And they should, and someone needs to tell them that, and I'm glad he did it.feedback

Ivo Daalder

The leaders of NATO were ... hoping to hear those words of affirmation. It didn't happen ... and that was a problem.feedback

James Nixey - The Royal Institute of International Affairs

Article 5 is the whole point of NATO. Articles 1, 2, 3, and 4 are all about talking. Article 5 is all about action – it's the only article that really means anything. It depends whether you believe that America has a role to play in global security. If you do, then NATO is critical. Most NATO states are committed to democracy. Once you start to undermine the alliance then the whole post-Cold War order breaks down.feedback

Sean Spicer

We all understand that by being part of NATO we have treaty obligations and commitments that we made as being part of NATO. So to have to reaffirm something by the very nature of being here and speaking at a ceremony about it is almost laughable.feedback

Sean Spicer

I think it's a bit silly because by being here at such a ceremony, we all understand that by being part of NATO we treat the obligations and commitments.feedback

Dusko Markovic

It didn't really register. I just saw reactions about it on social networks. It is simply a harmless situation.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

First, how nations intend to meet their commitments to spend two percent of GDP on defence, of which 20 percent should be invested in major equipment. Second, how to invest additional funding in key regional capabilities that we need. Third, how allies intend to contribute to NATO missions, operations and other engagements.feedback

Alexander Vershbow - NATO

Citing the amount not spent over the years is fine, but demanding back taxes is not justified and only alienates allies.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Manchester was a consequence of one person going into a music event and killing a very large number of people. There can be no defensive whatsoever of that. I do not in any way change that view. That is just a vile, horrible event ... I made the point that if we are to have a secure future we have got to look at ungoverned spaces around the world and the consequences of our wars and interventions. It is not just me as I said. It's MI5, the foreign affairs committee. No. What I've done – no, no ... Nato exists. It was a product initially of the Atlantic Charter in 1942, it then became.feedback

Andrew Neil - BBC

We know the history, Mr Corbyn. I'm trying to work out if you would be a committed supporter of Nato as every previous prime minister of this country has been?feedback

Miroslav Lajcak

An optimistic interpretation of his words is that the commitment under Article V is so obvious there was no need to mention it but I still would have preferred if it was mentioned.feedback

Witold Waszczykowski

It is much better than just a declaratory mention of Article V. I prefer to have 5,000 troops from the United States in Poland. This is a commitment.feedback

Peter Szijjarto

What I heard from him yesterday in the meeting made me relaxed.feedback

Dusko Markovic

I didn't really register it, I just saw the reaction to it on social media. It is quite simply a harmless situation. I don't take it any other way ... But since today journalists are referring to that scene in different ways I would also wish to tell you that it is natural that the President of the United States is in the front row.feedback

Angela Merkel

NATO will now also formally join the alliance against ISIL. After all, member states have done so, as well as the EU. I think this is a strong signal, but it's also clear this does not entail any further contribution by Germany beyond what we are doing at the moment.feedback

Sean Spicer

We are not playing cutesie with this. He is fully committed. BARE MINIMUM.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

It's totally out of the question for NATO to engage in any combat operations.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

There has been progress but the job is far from done, we still have no fair burden-sharing within our alliance. It is realistic that all allies reach the goal of two percent. This is not just about a call from the Unites States and President Trump. It is in Europe's best interest to spend more on defence. We have a long way to go but at least after years of decline, we are now starting to see an increase.feedback

Karen Attiah

European leaders should be fuming. Also, did Trump just shove a NATO ally?feedback

Donald J. Trump

For 23 of the 28 member nations are still not paying what they should be paying and what they are supposed to be paying for their defence. This is not fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States and many of these nations owe massive amounts of money from past years and not paying in those past years. Terrorism must be stopped in its tracks or the horror we saw in Manchester and so many other places will continue forever. You have thousands and thousands of people pouring into our various countries and spreading throughout and in many cases we have no idea who they are.feedback

Donald Tusk - European Council

My feeling is that we agreed on many areas. First and foremost, on counter-terrorism, and I am sure that I do not have to explain why. But some issues remain open, like climate and trade. I am not 100 per cent sure that we can say today - we meaning President Trump and myself - that we have a common opinion about Russia, although when it comes to the conflict in Ukraine, it seems that we were on the same line. The greatest task today is the consolidation of the whole free world around those values, and not just interests.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

We have an extremely large agenda to discuss: the fight against terrorism, the economy, [and] climate and energy. The occasion of the NATO summit also allows us to have a first meeting, and I am very happy to be able to change many things together.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

Today we will decide to expand our support to the coalition with more Awacs [Airborne Warning and Control System] flight time, more information sharing and air-to-air refuelling. This will send a strong political message of NATO's commitment to the fight against terrorism and also improve our co-ordination within the coalition but it does not mean that NATO will engage in combat operations.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

We have two major items on our agenda: Stepping up NATO's role in the fight against terrorism and fairer burden sharing in our Alliance. We will agree to establish a new terrorism intelligence cell here at NATO headquarters. Improving how we share intelligence, including on foreign fighters. And we will decide to appoint a coordinator to oversee NATO's efforts in the fight against terrorism.feedback

Toomas Hendrik Ilves

I think that the larger goal of having a kind of a calm summit is probably wise done the way it is. Burden-sharing and a wider role in counterterrorism is something that he's stated. This is the first meeting of NATO with a new president. … Nothing glaring has happened on the Russian side apart from just the same old same old.feedback

Ivo Daalder

When you say 'I support NATO,' does that mean you unconditionally support defending all the allies? Does it mean that you understand that Russia poses the most severe threat to NATO today? On both of those issues Trump has been silent. Strangely silent.feedback

Oana Lungescu

The 25th of May meeting will be short, and focused on two main topics: stepping up NATO's role in the fight against terrorism, and fairer burden sharing.feedback

Oana Lungescu

This is part of NATO's ongoing adaptation to the most serious security challenges in a generation, including terrorism and instability in our southern neighbourhood, and Russia's aggressive actions in and around Europe. While we do not expect any new decisions on Russia, NATO allies will reconfirm our long-standing twin-track policy: strong defence combined with meaningful dialogue. As the leaders meet in Brussels, four NATO multinational battlegroups are deploying to the Baltic States and Poland as a clear signal of NATO's readiness to defend all allies.feedback

Tomas Valasek

Trump has challenged the idea that active engagement in Europe is a core U.S. interest. He appears to regard all foreign relations as zero-sum transactions, in which each contribution to someone else's security represents a net loss to the United States.feedback

Donald Tusk - European Council

I am not 100 percent sure we can say today -- we means [Trump] and myself -- that we have a common position, common opinion about Russia. Although when it comes to the conflict in Ukraine, it seems that we were on the same line.feedback

Sean Spicer

It goes without saying. His presence at this event underscores our commitments and treaty obligations.feedback

Donald Tusk - European Council

My main message to President Trump was that what gives our cooperation and friendship its deepest meaning are fundamental western values, like freedom, human rights and respect for human dignity. The greatest task today is the consolidation of the whole free world around those values, and not just interests. Values and principles first – this is what we, Europe and America, should be saying.feedback

Donald Tusk - European Council

You know Mr President we have two presidents in the EU. I know that.feedback

Donald Tusk - European Council

Fundamental western values of freedom, human rights untie US and EU. We discussed foreign policy, security, climate and trade relations. My feeling is that we agreed on many areas, first and foremost on counter-terrorism.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

Sharing intelligence is of great importance. Sharing intelligence is based on trust and we have seen in Nato over many many years that we have been able to share intelligence in a good way and that has been of great importance to the alliance and for all allies.feedback

Ian Blair

The bombings outside the Tiger Tiger nightclub, on the day Gordon Brown became prime minister, these were paediatricians from Edinburgh. They had never been on any watchlist. It is a difficult situation.feedback

Ian Blair

I'm afraid this reminds me exactly of what happened after 7/7, when the US published a complete picture of the way the bombs had been made up. We had the same protests. It's a different world in how the US operates in the sense of how they publish things. And this is a very grievous breach but I'm afraid it's the same as before. I remember the dilemmas when I was commissioner, running through the different priority targets and understanding that you can only cover so many of them.feedback

Theresa May

A strong, capable and united Nato is at the heart of the security of each and every one of our nations. Our unity in responding to common threats is our most potent weapon.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

As the president has said, he really wants participating Nato members to step up and fully meet their obligations of the burden sharing. Two per cent of GDP was a target they all agreed to. I think you can expect the president to be very tough on them, saying: 'Look, the US is spending 4 per cent. We're doing a lot. The American people are doing a lot for your security for our joint security. You need to make sure you're doing your share for your own security as well.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

Of course we support Article 5. The only time Article 5 has been invoked was in 9/11. They are going to have to address the situation in Ukraine and we have been pretty clear with them what that means. It means moving forward with the Minsk accord and restoring Ukraine sovereignty.feedback

Theresa May

Our unity in responding to common threats is our most potent weapon. We must redouble our resolve to meet the threats to our shared security, whether from terrorism or Russia.feedback

Adam Schiff

If that's something that we did, I think that's a real problem. If we gave up information that has interfered in any way with their investigation because it tipped off people in Britain - perhaps associates of this person that we identified as the bomber - then that's a real problem and they have every right to be furious.feedback

Federica Mogherini - European Union

Stronger European Union in the field of security and defence makes NATO stronger and a stronger NATO is key to European but also to American security.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

Terrorists struck again this week in Manchester, this was a barbaric attack, which deliberately targeted children, young people and their families.That is also why one of the two main topics that we are going to discuss tomorrow is how NATO can step up its efforts contributing to the fight against terrorism.feedback

Roberto Castaldi

The relationship (between the U.S. and Europe) has started changing in fact already under Obama with the shift of the American strategic focus to the Pacific. This power vacuum that the Americans left is the condition of possibility for Russia invading Crimea and for the destabilisation of the Middle East and North Africa. So Trump is just accelerating this trend, which puts more pressure on the Europeans to cope with their neighbourhood and to stabilise their neighbourhood…to fill the power vacuum that the Americans left.feedback

Barack Obama

I say to the people of Estonia and the people of the Baltics, today we are bound by our treaty Alliance. We have a solemn duty to each other. Article Five is crystal clear: An attack on one is an attack on all. So if, in such a moment, you ever ask again, who will come to help,' you'll know the answer–the NATO Alliance, including the Armed Forces of the United States of America.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

President Trump has clearly stated his strong support to NATO. The core task of NATO is collective defense. By expressing strong support to NATO, to our security guarantees, the United States, President Trump, his security team, has also of course expressed strong support of Article 5, because Article 5, collective defense, is NATO's core task.feedback

Jeff Rathke

The administration has not yet articulated any kind of agenda for the (trade) relationship with the European Union.feedback

Christophe Castaner

The president will say that he is attentive to this (Trump's call), but to make clear that it is not about transforming NATO into the sole strike force against Islamic State.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

NATO joining the coalition will also provide a better platform for coordinating the activities of NATO allies ... in the fight against terrorism. It sends a strong and clear message of unity in the fight against terrorism and especially in light of the terrorist attacks in Manchester.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

Fair burden sharing has been my top priority since taking office. We are now working to keep up the momentum, including by developing national plans outlining how to make good on what we agreed in 2014.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

I expect Nato allies to step up and agree to do more in the fight against terrorism, not least because of what we saw in Manchester on Monday. [Nato membership of the Coalition would] send a strong and clear message of unity in fight against terrorism and in light of attacks in Manchester it's important that we send this clear message that we are united in the fight against terrorism.feedback

Derek Chollet

The bar for success at this meeting, which NATO is not even bothering to call a summit, is incredibly low. This is an ambition-less summit; it's about showing up. The people preparing it define success as Trump shows up, there's no drama, the right things are said and everyone gets out cleanly.feedback

Nicholas Burns

Trump needs to speak and act on this trip to inspire respect from his peers. They will be wondering if he is reliable, and can they trust his word, or is he handicapped by scandal.feedback

Derek Chollet

Trump's views can be shaped. NATO leaders will try to convince him about the importance of NATO and that he's winning. I believe it will all be fine.feedback

Tomas Valasek

To the extent there is substance, the allies are going out of their way to say they've heard him loud and clear, and will spend more on defense and focus more on counterterrorism. But there will be an effort to make sure Trump feels comfortable with the alliance and give him no reason to break with it.feedback

Martha Crenshaw

There are a whole lot of difficulties with that kind of alliance formation. It's a dangerous direction to take because it cements the divide between Iran and the Arab countries.feedback

Dalia Dassa Kaye

There are great divisions within the Arab world, even within the GCC you see some Gulf states more worked up about Iran than others. The Saudis and Emirates are more concerned about growing Iranian influence. The Omanis and Kuwaitis are less concerned. So you see fissures there. All these countries have internal domestic vulnerabilities.feedback

Luke Coffey

I think it was like a trial balloon that someone in the administration probably sent up to see kind of how people gauge it or how people would respond to it. These countries in the region are very suspicious of multilateral institutions. The best way for the U.S. to do this is by having very strong bilateral relationships with the countries in the region.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

My thoughts are w/ the young people & all affected in barbaric #Manchester attack. #NATO stands with the UK in the fight against terrorism.feedback

Hans Peter Doskozil

I strongly condemn Turkey's course of action in Nato. It is irresponsible behaviour against Austria and strengthens my position that Turkey is very far from being part of the EU. In this, Turkey is endangering the security interests of Europe. The blockade has a long-term impact on the peace missions in the Western Balkans.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

What I've done is I've gone to Afghanistan. I've met President Ghani, I've met with the NATO representatives and I've met with our commanders in the field.feedback

Aarti Shankar

It will be a priority for Europe to understand what role the U.S. wants to play in NATO.feedback

Emily Thornberry

Well no, of course not, if you are going to have a review, you have to have a review. Overwhelmingly, we need to make sure that our policy is up to date and meets 21st century threats and no one can disagree with that, surely. You know there was a time when we gave up on sabres or horses. You need to keep updating your defence policy and meeting the most pressing and most obvious needs.feedback

Emily Thornberry

Well no, of course not, if you are going to have a review, you have to have a review. Because in the end, if countries continue to have nuclear deterrents then we are actually making our world less safe, we are making it more likely that there will be a nuclear attack.feedback

Geoffrey Van Orden

This is inevitably part of a wider ambition to really create a separate defence capability, an EU army in short. That would be detrimental to Nato because it would be a complete distraction, and would create divisions between Europeans and North Americans among others.feedback

Nia Griffith

Nobody has raised the issue of removing the Trident nuclear deterrent from our manifesto. Indeed. Last year we looked at it, in particular, at the national policy forum and it was decided that we would keep the nuclear deterrent and that was reaffirmed at our conference in September. We are fully signed up to Article 5 of the Nato treaty which says, yes, we would put in that defence and yes, we would put in that military force.feedback

Emily Thornberry

We need to make sure any war that may be fought, will be fought on 21st-century terms.feedback

Nia Griffith

With all due respect, Emily is not the shadow defence secretary. I am. We are very clear about the review. When we have the review, coming into government, it is about exactly how we would spend money and what we would be doing and what order we would be doing it, what sort of timetable. What it is not about is actually questioning whether we would have a Trident nuclear deterrent because we settled that last year.feedback

Heather Nauert

We respect those concerns, and continue regular consultations with our NATO ally on this and other topics of mutual importance.feedback

Julie Smith

He has never said, like Pence, like Mattis, that U.S. commitment to Article 5 is rock solid, and allies want to hear that at this summit.feedback

Tom Wright - JMP Securities

The problem in the plan is that President Trump is the only president who has not yet explicitly endorsed Article 5. I understand that is not an accident.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

It is absolutely out of the question for NATO to go into combat operations. No decision has been taken. The discussion is going on.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

We are making progress, step by step, in many different areas to strengthen the practical cooperation between NATO and the European Union. Cooperation between NATO and the European Union will also be an important issue we will highlight when NATO leaders meet exactly one week from now in Brussels.feedback

Federica Mogherini - European Union

Investing together, this is the best way to have an efficient European defence. It's a way of having a rational and efficient joint manner of working on defence. The European Union member states need to overcome the fragmentation in this field and use all the instruments we have in our union.feedback

Josh Rogin

The United States and Saudi Arabia are putting together one of the biggest arms sales in history and looking toward a new regional security architecture.feedback

Mark Galeotti

People I'm speaking to say chaos in Washington actually works to NATO's advantage. Trump is not going to do anything to be seen to be undermining NATO because that will play to the whole question of, Who is he: president of the United States or the Russian Federation?feedback

Ian Bremmer - Eurasia Group

The Saudis wanted to see the back of Obama; they're much happier with Trump. [Israeli prime minister] Netanyahu wanted to see the back of Obama; he's much happier with Trump. The Pope gives nice symbolism. He's got bigger problems, and doesn't really know anything about NATO. Most of his key advisers don't really want to change things–I think he'd rather pretend he has a win, saying: 'They're spending more and it's because of me.feedback

Ben Sasse

It's not helpful that this was with the Russians. This is just weird. We and the Russians do not have aligned interests. They want to exacerbate our internal distrust of each other, they want to fracture NATO. [Russian President Vladimir] Putin is an enemy of the freedom of the press, speech and assembly, which is the beating heart of what America means.feedback

Jakub Janda

Western countries are taking this more seriously now because they can see it affects themselves and not just Ukraine and the Baltic states. From being a mainly foreign policy issue, it has become an internal security topic.feedback

James Stavridis

The key here is its global nature. We've never seen something sweep across the planet at this speed. It's very worrisome. Let's hope that this one will burn itself out. We outta wake up to the real potential of a devastating attack in this way.feedback

Jakub Janda

We were afraid because of what happened that [American participation] would be stopped or slowed down by the Trump White House. But I have reports from American diplomats in Europe that [Rex] Tillerson, the secretary of state, is giving it the green light and ordering full steam ahead.feedback

Malcolm Turnbull

We are certainly open to increasing our work there, but we've obviously got to look at the commitments of the Australian Defense Force in other parts of the region and indeed in other parts of the world. It is very important that we continue - we and our other allies in the effort in Afghanistan - continue to work together.feedback

Malcolm Turnbull

We are certainly open to increasing our work there, but we've obviously got to look at the commitments of the ADF in other parts of the region and indeed in other parts of the world. But it is very important that we and our other allies in the effort in Afghanistan continue to work together to build up the capacity of Afghanistan's own security forces so that they can keep that country secure from the threat of terrorism, both ISIL (Isis) and of course the Taliban.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

We will work together. We'll work out any of the concerns. I'm not concerned at all about the NATO alliance and the relations between our nations. It's not always tidy, but we work out the issues. It's the only NATO country that confronts an insurgency in its own ground from the PKK, and we will work very closely with Turkey in support of their security on their southern border. It's Europe's southern border, and we'll stay closely connected.feedback

Kim Beazley

We have a lot invested in that Afghan operation so I imagine the Turnbull government would be looking at [the request] pretty favourably. I would hope they would look on it, given the context, of being within the framework of what we're already doing. I think we'd probably want to do it.feedback

Dana White

The secretary reiterated U.S. commitment to protecting our NATO ally.feedback

Emily Thornberry

Good foreign policy means good ethics but Conservatives cosy up to Saudi, Bahrain and Donald Trump. Under Labour that would change. Twenty years ago today, within the ornate golden walls of the foreign office’s Locarno room, Robin Cook set out the incoming Labour government’s mission statement on foreign policy. He committed Labour to protect national security through Nato, to promote exports, and to prioritise the environment. Then, introducing his fourth objective, Cook said: “Labour does not accept that political values can be left behind when we check in our passports.” He added: “Our foreign policy must have an ethical dimension, and must support the demands of other peoples for the democratic rights on which we insist for ourselves.”.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

We will deploy only defensive systems to make certain that sovereignty is respected. The specific systems that we bring are those that we determine necessary. I think any buildup of Russian combat power in an area where they know and we all know they are not threatened by anything that we are doing in Lithuania or elsewhere in the democratic countries. Any kind of buildup like that is simply destabilizing.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

Any buildup like that is simply destabilizing. Americans cannot care more for your children's future security than you do.feedback

Theresa May

That is why, if elected on June 8, I will ensure that the UK continues to spend at least 2 per cent of GDP on defence and that the budget rises every year. Under my leadership the Conservatives will ensure that the brave men and women of our Armed Forces have the equipment and resources they need to keep our country safe – and that we meet our obligations to the world. But a strong military is only possible with a strong economy, and Jeremy Corbyn would put both at risk if he makes it to Downing Street propped up by the Lib Dems and SNP in a coalition of chaos.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

I believe that you who have withstood oppression can most keenly savor freedom and have never taken it for granted or looked away when it is threatened. Even in the face of a neighbor next door shredding trust, Lithuania has nonetheless contributed to the NATO-led mission far away in Afghanistan. And it has continued to provide capable trainers for the counter-ISIS mission in Iraq.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

I would just say I have too much respect for the Russian Army to think they actually believe that there's any offensive capability. They know and the world knows it's a defensive and we deploy only defensive systems to make sure sovereignty is respected.feedback

Paddy Ashdown

This Conservative Government has slashed funding on defence, cut our Royal Marines and left our troops on the front line without basic equipment. Billions has been spent on big ticket items that we may not even have enough troops to use. Of course adequate spending on defence is welcome and necessary, but this is a piece of last-minute chicanery to cover up the Conservative's dismal record. No wonder Britain's top generals have accused the Tories of trying to deceive the public over defence cuts.feedback

Theresa May

Jeremy Corbyn would put both at risk if he makes it to Downing Street propped up by the Lib Dems and SNP in a coalition of chaos. Only a vote for me and my Conservative team will deliver the strong and stable leadership that is vital for our national security.feedback

Nia Griffiths

The severe cuts imposed on the defence budget since 2010 have seen the Army shrink to 78,000, its smallest size since the Napoleonic Wars and far short of the last Tory manifesto pledge to keep it above 82,000. Clearly the Tories care more about a day of positive headlines and cheap rhetoric than the safety of our troops.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

We will talk to the leaders of each of the nations, and we will work this out in Brussels and we will work together if necessary.feedback

Sean Spicer

We are keenly aware of the security concerns of our coalition partner Turkey. We want to reassure the people and government of Turkey that the US is committed to preventing additional security risks and protecting our NATO ally. The US continues to prioritize our support for Arab elements of the SDF. Raqqa and all liberated territory should return to the governance of local Syrian Arabs.feedback

Dana White

We are keenly aware of the security concerns of our coalition partner Turkey. We want to reassure the people and government of Turkey that the U.S. is committed to preventing additional security risks and protecting our NATO ally. Raqqa and all liberated territory should return to the governance of local Syrian Arabs. The fight for Raqqa will be long and difficult, but will ultimately be yet another defeat for ISIS, and another step toward eliminating the ISIS threat to peace and security in the region and the world.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

I want to see a peace settlement in Afghanistan, I was opposed to the deployment of troops in the first place in Afghanistan. I think we have to look at promoting political stability in Afghanistan, and we will look at that request when it comes. At the end of the day, wars are not solved by the presence of foreign troops, they're solved by political solutions, that's what I believe. We're a party that covers the whole country, and I want people all over the country to have a chance to vote Labour.feedback

Robin Simcox

France, however, is a NATO ally, the world's fifth largest economy and a nuclear power with a permanent seat in the UN Security Council. The concern regarding terror threats and unbridled immigration remain on the minds of Europeans, and the United States must continue pursuing close, bilateral relationships with France and others to strengthen counterterrorism efforts and push back against regional actors like Russia.feedback

Harjit Sajjan

It's going to take a significant investment ... it's going to be significant because of the hole we need to come out of. We are now in the troubling position where status quo spending on defense will not even maintain a status quo of capabilities. The number that we'll be announcing is a number that meets the needs of Canada and our support for our allies. The C$9 billion in funding that was earmarked for the jet replacements by the previous government is nowhere near enough to even cover the 65 jets they proposed.feedback

H.R. McMaster

What I told our South Korean counterpart is until any renegotiation, that the deals in place, we'll adhere to our word. The last thing I would ever do is contradict the president of the United States. And that's not what it was. What the president has asked us to do, is to look across all of our alliances and to have appropriate burden sharing-responsibility sharing. We're looking at that with our great ally South Korea, we're looking at that with NATO.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Unfortunately ... the presence of an American flag along with the [insignia] of a terror organisation called YPG in a convoy has seriously saddened us. We will bring this up when we meet Mr President on May 16. This needs to be stopped right now. Otherwise it will continue to be a bother in the region and for us. It will also bother us as two NATO countries and strategic partners. I said yesterday: 'We can come unexpectedly in the night'. I really meant that. We are not going to tip off the terror groups and the Turkish Armed Forces could come at any moment.feedback

Peter Szijjarto

Macedonia's example clearly shows the dangers of external intervention in the life of a country.feedback

Federica Mogherini - European Union
Johannes Hahn - European Union

We condemn in the strongest terms today's ongoing attacks on the Members of the Parliament in Skopje. The acts of violence in the Parliament are wholly unacceptable and we call for calm and restraint.feedback

Josh Rogin

The Trump administration has taken a specific approach to all of its foreign policy dealings.feedback

Leon E. Panetta

He's got a great national security team. He's been willing to listen to them. And he's willing to change positions if necessary on China, on Syria, on NATO and some other areas.feedback

Michael Fallon

Mr Corbyn wants to be prime minister of this country in six weeks time yesterday we had the staggering performance of someone who wants to be prime minister who wouldn't necessarily authorize strikes again terrorists, he is against the nuclear deterrent, would stop building the submarines, we have already started building he wouldn't control our borders and earlier he has even questioned our Nato deployment. You can t rule out the use of nuclear weapons as a first strike.feedback

Michael Fallon

You saw Jeremy Corbyn questioning strikes against terrorists, refusing to back the nuclear deterrent, he's been querying our Nato deployment and he seems to have fallen out with his own party over the nuclear deterrent. That's chaos - but it's very dangerous chaos that would put the security of our country at risk. Jeremy Corbyn is somebody who could be Prime Minister in six weeks' time. In the most extreme circumstances we have made it very clear that you can't rule out the use of nuclear weapons as a first strike.feedback

Amanda Milling

Let this sink in: Jeremy Corbyn has been endorsed today by a party who want to close down businesses, leave the protection of Nato and hike up taxes to a level never seen before in this country. At this election every vote is going to count. Unless people get out there and vote for Theresa May and their local Conservative candidate, this man will be our Prime Minister in a little over 6 weeks – propped up by the Lib Dems and SNP in a coalition of chaos.feedback

Richard Grenell - United Nations

Growing up in church, I think I recognized the need for God and that Jesus died for my sins. So I wanted to forge a path toward living a Christian life and learning along that road.feedback

Richard Grenell - United Nations

I want to fight for political change, but I've never been comfortable with having a public persona in politics. But I am willing to risk my comfort to step out and step up and be a leader when it comes to a more thoughtful approach to Christianity.feedback

Robert Jeffress

Homosexuality is being crammed down our throats. Some of the criteria I would use might differ from the president's–depending on the position being considered. However, the country chose President Trump, not me, to lead the nation.feedback

Richard Grenell - United Nations

My time at Evangel taught me that all truth is God's truth no matter where it's found, which resonated with me ironically because my truth was that I was born gay. I started to realize that if I wanted to be authentic about who I was and have a real relationship with the creator, I had to find a way to be honest.feedback

Richard Grenell - United Nations

Peter taught me to peel back the modern, 1950s interpretation of the Bible and go back to the original text and intent of what God was saying to us. It became crystal-clear that man's teachings on the Bible have been misused and egocentric and manipulative.feedback

John Louth

If Trump gets his way, it will mean a 10pc uplift on what is already the largest defence spend on the planet. That is twice the UK defence budget, and that would have a very significant impact on how a German government would consume defence industrial capability and capacity. You have other European Nato states who are in very similar situations, so how countries spend to meet the 2pc and what that means for the European defence industrial base is hugely significant.feedback

Clint Watts

Russian-backed measures are predominantly anti NATO, anti EU and anti-immigration, so it makes it really hard to counter when you're also repeating some of those policies.feedback

Michael Fallon

We are sending the strongest of signals that we stick by our friends and we stand united in the face of aggression.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

A reasonable debate can be had about how much we can attempt to pressure allies on human rights abuses - and how publicly we should do so. We noted yesterday that the balancing act with a NATO ally such as Turkey in a difficult part of the world can be quite nettlesome. It is obvious - to everyone but President Trump - that at the very least we shouldn’t be rewarding or praising behavior that is contrary to our values and which in the long run will make those countries less stable.feedback

Erin Cunningham

More than 8,000 U.S. troops are helping Afghan forces battle the Taliban. The commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr., has said that he will need thousands of additional troops to better support the international coalition's mission. While here, McMaster … met with Nicholson, senior Afghan officials and other NATO commanders overseeing the mission to advise Afghan security forces.feedback

Jared Bernstein

If you get under the hood of the U.S. economy, some weaknesses are worth noticing.feedback

John Nicholson

This was the first time that we encountered an extensive obstacle to our progress. It was the right time to use it tactically against the right target on the battlefield.feedback

Greg Sargent

Everyone in Washington is struggling to make sense of Donald Trump’s reversals on multiple issues. The Post reports that “establishment” Republicans are relieved to see him governing more as one of them, as evidenced by his new support for NATO and the Export-Import Bank. Meanwhile, the rising influence of Goldman Sachs banker Gary Cohn inside the administration has some discerning a more “moderate” and “centrist” Trump on various issues, such as our posture on trade with China, and others seeing the emergence of a “pragmatic” Trump.feedback

John Weaver

The fact that he says one thing or another about NATO has no impact on their day-to-day lives.feedback

Grover Norquist

The budget he's put out is an incredible budget. He's pushed hard to abolish Obamacare. The tax bill he put forward is Reaganite in all it's forms, so I'm looking at a guy who did exactly what he said he was going to do on every big issue. Both on China and NATO, he rattled the cage and got movement in the direction that he wanted, and, at least as of now, NATO is behaving the way he wants it to and the Chinese might be more helpful in Korea.feedback

John McCain

My message to you is the same as the one I delivered to Serbian Prime Minister Vucic earlier this week. Advancing the EU-facilitated, US-supported dialogue is in the interest of Kosovars and Serbs alike.feedback

Andrzej Duda

I will not exaggerate if I say that many Polish generations have been waiting for this moment since the end of World War II. They dreamed about it and they made sacrifices, beginning with soldiers who fought and died for an independent Polish state against the Soviet occupation.feedback

Sean Spicer

I think, respectfully, I think you can look at what you're referring to as a shift in a lot of ways, and by that I mean I saw a couple instances with respect to NATO being one of those shifts, and if you look at what's happened, it's those entities or individuals in some cases or issues evolving toward the president's position.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

Allies sent Awacs surveillance planes to help patrol American skies and we launched NATO's biggest military operation ever in Afghanistan. Hundreds of thousands of Europeans and Canadian soldiers have served shoulder to shoulder with American troops. More than 1,000 have paid the ultimate price. Our mission in Afghanistan is a major contribution to the fight against international terrorism.feedback

Alexander Vershbow - NATO

It's to better deal with hybrid warfare and crisis management, not just terrorism, but it will help in C.T. as well.feedback

Joseph W. Ralston - Air Force

The president is getting advice from different people now than he did in the campaign. These guys are very good and I'm sure they're giving their unvarnished advice to the president and I think the president is learning from that.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

In a more dangerous and more unpredictable world, it is important to have friends and allies. And in NATO, America has the best friends and the best allies in the world.feedback

Sean Spicer

You can look at what you're referring to as a shift in a lot of ways, and by that I mean a couple instances, with respect to NATO … what's happened is those entities or those issues, NATO in particular, evolving toward the president's position. The entity itself is moving toward his, or the issue is evolving toward, the position he articulated. The president's tough talk on a variety of subjects was to get results for the American people. That's what he's pledged to do. This is always about developing a better situation for the American people.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

For me, the important thing is that [Trump] has been very consistent when it comes to NATO in all my interactions and conversations with him. I said it was obsolete. It's no longer obsolete. At the same time [Trump's security team has] underlined the importance of NATO increasing its efforts to fight international terrorism. I am working on that. And there is also an importance, a burden sharing. We have turned the corner and European defense spending has now started to increase.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

In President Trump’s so-called skinny budget, he eviscerated the State Department’s budget and foreign-aid spending. As to the former, perhaps Trump’s recent recognition of the need for diplomatic efforts (with NATO, China, etc.) will teach him that American “soft power” is a corollary to hard power. The former without the latter can be feckless; the latter without the former leaves us binary options (e.g. consent or war).feedback

Ed Rogers

Something akin to the “education of Donald Trump” may be taking place. And with it, a better organized and reality-based White House. To his detractors, the president is flip-flopping. But, as Politico noted earlier today, “Trump is embracing policy and people that are much more mainstream.” In recent weeks, the president has confirmed that NATO is a “great alliance, ” he has confronted Russia in Syria, he has engaged in detente with China and brought attention to the threat from North Korea, and he has continued working with Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare. Perhaps when President Trump told Stephen K. Bannon, Reince Priebus, Jared Kushner and others to “work this out, ” he was instructing them to figure out their roles and responsibilities and how they could work together to serve him best. And if they couldn’t figure out who was doing what, he would make it clear, at someone’s expense.feedback

Carter Eskew

Now I know what it must be like for an alt-right devotee to have a bad acid trip. Seemingly overnight, the once solid nationalist credentials of Donald Trump have distorted into some Sgt. Pepper-like fantasy of globalism. His steadfast admiration for Russia’s strongman has kaleidoscoped into a marshmallow pie of affection for NATO. And those rotten, no-good currency manipulators in China are today as harmless as tangerine trees and marmalade skies. Even Janet Yellen, the head of the Federal Reserve - that bastion of globalist financiers - who once should have been “ashamed” of herself has now become a diamond in the sky, and the president says he may even reappoint her to another term.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

We have established a new division for intelligence, which enhances our ability to fight terrorism, and working together in the alliance to fight terrorism even an even more effective way. But we agreed today, you and I, that NATO can and must do more in the global fight against terrorism.feedback

George Stephanopoulos - ABC

We have a great health care plan that I think will happen, and if it happens, then I go immediately to tax reform. And that will happen. That will be easier than health care.feedback

Chuck Schumer

Unfortunately, the president's failure to name China a currency manipulator is symptomatic of a lack of real, tough action on trade against China. …While they're not manipulating their currency at the moment because it doesn't suit their economic needs, make no mistake about it, as soon as the tide turns they will.feedback

Mohammad Nateqi

First, people are concerned now about how Americans view Afghanistan, and whether or not they will change their minds about supporting us. The relationship between Afghanistan, the United States, and NATO has been very strong. But if there are bad relations between Iran, the United States, and Russia, it will be very dangerous for us.feedback

Vladimir Putin

We have information from a variety of sources that such provocations ... are being prepared in other parts of Syria, including in southern suburbs of Damascus. They plan to use some substances and accuse the Syrian government of using those chemicals. We believe every incident should be properly investigated. Everyone [NATO members] agrees to it, accepts it and start nodding and expressing their support. The working level of confidence in Russian-American relations, especially at the military level, under the administration of Donald Trump has not improved, but rather worsened.feedback

Christine Wormuth

He's starting to have a more nuanced and deeper understanding of a lot of issues.feedback

Sean Spicer

I think that's specific to ground troops. That doesn't mean how we are going to deal with ISIS as a whole, so if we have to deal with ISIS and it moves into Syria that's one thing. I think going in and occupying Syria for the express purpose of regime change is something the president has been very clear on throughout the campaign. Should they continue to use gas, especially against children and babies… all options remain on the table.feedback

John McCain

There is also evidence that Russians are trying to undermine the democratic process in other parts of the world. I believe the Russian behaviour requires our solidarity and our strength, in order to preserve principles and fundamentals of democracy. The behaviour on the part of the Russians throughout the region and the world is not acceptable in these times.feedback

Michelle Howard

We're seeing activity that we didn't even see when it was the Soviet Union. It's precedential activity. They're a global navy, I understand that. But the activity in this theater has substantially moved up in the last couple of years. When ... you think about what happens when they move forces around, you look at the alliance and they end up splitting and distracting the view of the alliance.feedback

Martin Schulz - European Parliament

We are a strong and reliable member of NATO. What we need is not an upward spiral in armaments but rather disarmament initiatives. If I interpret this correctly, what was said is that this (goal) is something to strive for. It does not seem to me to be the overriding aim of German foreign policy to spend 20 billion (euros) or more per year to meet this goal and in the end to have a policy where, in the middle of Europe, there is an army armed to the teeth.feedback

Tim Farron

Evil happens when good people do nothing. We cannot stand by, we must act. The attack by American forces was a proportionate response to the barbarous attack by the Syrian government on its own people. The British government rather than just putting out a bland statement welcoming this should now follow it up and call an emergency meeting of the Nato alliance to see what else can be done, be that more surgical strikes or no fly zones. Evil happens when good people do nothing, we cannot sit by while a dictator gasses his own people. We cannot stand by, we must act.feedback

Mateusz Morawiecki

I am very much concerned. I think that what Russia is doing since invading Georgia in 2008 and Ukraine in 2014, it is clearly against international public law. We strongly oppose this expansionary and aggressive policy by Russia. Cyber threats to the Baltic States and Poland are difficult to overestimate. I believe this is a real threat. We have to be very much in partnership with NATO and EU countries.feedback

Mateusz Morawiecki

In the context of Brexit, NATO could become more and more important from a political point of view. It could become a more viable political and not only military platform in the context of the UK.feedback

Raimundas Karoblis

Russia is a threat. They are saying our capital Vilnius should not belong to Lithuania because between the first and second world wars it was occupied by Poland. Never belonged to Lithuania; that it was a gift of Stalin after the second world war. There are real parallels with Crimea's annexation [from Ukraine] ... We are speaking of a danger to the territorial integrity of Lithuania. This is a signal to NATO to improve its decision speed. NATO's reaction time is not as fast as we would like it to be.feedback

Dmitry Peskov

There is total Russophobia, hysterical Russophobia going on.feedback

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