Trump commits to NATO mutual defense after hesitating

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"I'm committing the United States to Article 5", Trump said during a news conference Friday with President Klaus Iohannis of Romania in the White House Rose Garden. Trump said that this is the beginning of the end in funding terrorism, and hopefully, it is the beginning of the end of terrorism.

Trump was asked about it during a joint White House press conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis.

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

The two previously met during North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting in Brussels last month.

Article 5 states that "an armed attack against one or more" members "in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all" and has been the bedrock of the trans-Atlantic relationship for almost seven decades.

"Your involvement makes so many nations aware of the fact that we have to share the burden in NATO", Iohannis said to Trump during the news conference. But instead, the president used the speech to rail against the evils of terrorism and criticize European countries for failing to spend at least 2% of their GDP on defense. Politico reported that while the president's top foreign policy aides had encouraged him to include such assurances in the speech, he decided at the last minute to drop that part of his prepared remarks.

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Trump, with the visiting Romanian leader by his side, also denies Comey's assertion that he demanded his loyalty, saying of Comey - quote - "I hardly know the man".

"Having to reaffirm something by the very nature of being here and speaking at a ceremony about it is nearly laughable", Spicer said.

Tillerson also said the blockade by Qatar's neighbors was "hindering USA military action in the region, and the campaign against ISIS", using an acronym for the Islamic State group. "You can't just do what we've been doing in the past".

President Trump said Friday he would be willing to testify under oath about his interactions with former FBI Director James Comey, whom he fired in May.

"I'll be glad to tell [Robert Mueller] exactly what I just told you", Trump said when a reporter inquired what he would tell the Special Counsel investigating allegations that Russian Federation interfered with the 2016 United States presidential election and colluded with the current President's campaign.

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