Six things we learned from the Donald Trump and Theresa May press conference

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January 28, 2017

Trump and May

1. Mrs May secured a “100 per cent” commitment to Nato from Mr Trump

Mrs May made sure she got that on the record. During the press conference she referred to a “100 per cent commitment” he had made during their private meeting earlier in the Oval Office.

He had previously called Nato “obsolete”. Mrs May said they agreed Nato was a “united bulwark of collective defence” and both nations had an “unshakable commitment” to it.

Mrs May said she agreed with Mr Trump that there should be moves to improve cyberwarfare capability. And she agreed to pressure European allies to pay more towards the cost of Nato so that the “burden is more fairly shared”.

2. Mr Trump believes in torture but may not use it

Mr Trump said he does believe torture works, but he would defer to his Secretary of Defence on whether it should be used.

He said: “I have a great general who has just been appointed Secretary of Defence, James Mattis, and he has stated publicly that he does not necessarily believe in torture or waterboarding, or enhanced interrogation.”

  • Buzzoffski

    Missed that NATO ” Love Boat “. Thanx, I’ll look it up. I do remember when the US dressed all our sailors, Captain to lowest Swabby, in the same uniforms. Very Mao.

  • CharlieSeattle

    3. Mr Trump believes in NATO but may not use it.

    4. The EU believes in NATO but wants the US to carry all the burden.

    ….4.1 Libya’s Dark Lesson for NATO

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/04/sunday-review/what-libyas-lessons-mean-for-nato.html

    Libya has been a war in which some of the Atlantic alliance’s mightiest members did not participate, or did not participate with combat aircraft, like Spain and Turkey. It has been a war where the Danes and Norwegians did an extraordinary number of the combat sorties, given their size. Their planes and pilots became exhausted, as the French finally pulled back their sole nuclear-powered aircraft carrier for overdue repairs and Italy withdrew its aircraft carrier to save money.

    Only eight of the 28 allies engaged in combat, and most ran out of ammunition, having to buy, at cost, ammunition stockpiled by the United States. Germany refused to take part, even in setting up a no-fly zone.

    ….4.1 After weathering the feeble NATO assault, Libya could have invaded France and won if they had 13 landing craft.

  • Buzzoffski

    This from 9-8-14.
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/09/08/is-nato-ally-turkey-tacitly-fueling-the-isis-war-machine.html

    And they love killing Kurds, our real allies, in the region. Barry loved Ergoden.

  • Pete

    A streamlined NATO needs to emerge from the wreckage created by the Clinton/Kerry fumbling of the past eight ears. The threats to Europe from the Militant Islamic groups & a hostile Russia resurgence needs a collective effort to keep Europe from turning into another jihadist hell hole. If that happens, they will export full scale jihad to places like Cleveland, Denver, Atlanta & Portland.
    I don’t want the Jihadist to prosper anywhere, but when jihad gets to my back yard because of short sighted efforts by our political clowns, I take it personal.

  • Buzzoffski

    I think that as long as Turkey is in NATO, it is a joke, and we should get out.

    • Rodney Steward

      I agree, or at least we need to stop funding most of money!

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    • MyRoseHasTHORNS

      maybe it part of: keep your friends close and your enemies closer?

      • Retired

        That was Obama and the Democrat way of thinking, just throw more money at them.

    • kbfallon

      Turkey used to be one of our biggest allies in the region…….

      • Retired

        As long as we send them money , is all what most countries want from the US.

    • Junius Graham

      NATO has been a joke for a long time. Does anyone remember the joint forces US Navy Ship mixed crew experiment of the Sixties?

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