In a meeting with the NATO Secretary General, President Trump voiced strong support for the historic alliance, causing many in the media sphere to label it a “major reversal” in the President’s opinion.

Citing the strong critiques Trump made of NATO during the 2016 presidential campaign, saying that NATO was not doing enough to fight terrorism or pay a fair share for the benefits of a mutually supportive military alliance, many have seen this change as a ‘U-turn’ or ‘flip-flop.’

“The secretary-general and I had a productive discussion about what more NATO can do in the fight against terrorism,” Trump said during the press briefing. “I complained about that a long time ago, and they made a change and now they do fight terrorism.”

“I said it was obsolete,” Trump said, referring to NATO itself. “It’s no longer obsolete.”