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Trump Endorses NATO’s Article 5

The president said he’s “absolutely” committed to NATO’s Article 5, a change from when the president’s team removed Article 5 language from his May address in Brussels.

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President Trump said he’s “absolutely” committed to Article 5 of NATO’s founding treaty at a press conference on Friday. Trump’s endorsement of Article 5 is a change from last month in Brussels, when his team removed pro-Article 5 language from Trump’s speech to NATO allies.

Responding to a question on Article 5 from a reporter from the Romanian press, Trump said: “I’m committing the United States, and have committed, but I’m committing the United States to Article 5.”

Trump went back to his oft-repeated point that NATO allies are not paying their fair share for collective defense, but concluded “absolutely, I’d be committed to Article 5.”

Article 5 of NATO is the “collective defen[s]e” principle, which states that “an attack against one Ally is considered as an attack against all Allies.” NATO invoked Article 5 after the U.S. was attacked on September 11, 2001.

According to reporting by Politico, members of Trump’s team allegedly removed pro-Article 5 language from the president’s speech to NATO allies in Brussels last month. NATO officials will likely be pleased with Trump’s apparent change of heart.