Tuesday 23 May 2017

No doubt about Trump's Nato commitment, says Fallon

Sir Michael Fallon after a meeting with Italian minister of defence Roberta Pinotti in Rome (Alessandra Tarantino/AP)
Sir Michael Fallon after a meeting with Italian minister of defence Roberta Pinotti in Rome (Alessandra Tarantino/AP)

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has said he has "no doubt at all" about the US commitment to Nato under President Donald Trump.

Sir Michael said he agrees with Mr Trump that the transatlantic alliance must be modernised so it is more agile and responsive.

He said: "We are in no doubt at all about the US commitment to Nato.

"Previous US presidents have asked Europe to shoulder a greater part of the burden.

"There is nothing new in that."

Mr Trump once dismissed the military alliance as "obsolete".

The White House has since stressed the "fundamental importance" of Nato to transatlantic relations.

Sir Michael said Nato must take a "360-degree view" of current threats.

He added: "There shouldn't be a division between a European view and an American view of Nato, and there isn't."

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