"I said it was obsolete".
Sandy Pho, a senior program associate for the Kissinger Institute on China at the Wilson Center, said that Trump, like many new presidents, has been facing a learning curve on the ways of Beijing.
"I like Steve, but you have to remember he was not involved in my campaign until very late", Trump said.
"NATO provides direct support to the coalition with training for Iraqi forces in their fight against terrorists, and more intelligence sharing".
Trump, standing alongside NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, called on allies to "work together to resolve the disaster" in Syria and thanked them for condemning Assad's suspected sarin attack in Khan Sheikhun.
And it's fitting that Trump made his comments alongside Stoltenberg following an hour-long meeting in the Oval Office.
Days after his administration had seemed to accept an ultra-realist approach that would allow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to remain in control of his shattered nation, Trump decried him as a "butcher" over chemical weapons attacks on civilians - fueling speculation he now advocates regime change.
Trump then: "When her time is up, I would most likely replace her", Trump said past year.
Spicer repeatedly cited North Atlantic Treaty Organisation as an example of how the world is shifting to Trump, but he was unable to explain why Trump has changed his views on China and currency manipulation.
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As tensions rise with Russian Federation over Syria, President Donald Trump meets Wednesday at the White House with the head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, giving a high-profile platform to an alliance the Kremlin sees as encroaching into its sphere of influence on Russia's western flank.
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Mr. Trump has repeatedly questioned Nato's goal, while complaining that the United States pays an unfair share of membership.
"I complained about that a long time ago, and they made a change - and now they do fight terrorism", Trump said.
Then, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, the president announced he no longer considers China a currency manipulator, he now supports lower interest rates and the U.S. Export-Import Bank, and he would consider renominating Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen when her tenure is up next year, despite saying on the campaign trail he would "most likely" not reappoint her.
Remember that Trump campaigned on the theme that everyone in Washington was "stupid", and that he was "smart" and would straighten everything out.
The leaders of Europe and Canada would need to take the hard political decisions to boost defense spending, he said. When the president is so self-admittedly "flexible", there are real and dramatic consequences to who's up and who's down in the West Wing, and we've seen them in stark relief this week.
"Right now, we're not getting along with Russian Federation at all", Trump said. Michael Flynn was forced to resign on February 13 for contacts with Russia's ambassador to the United States before Trump took office, contacts which he misled the Vice President about.