Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Obama and NATO chief respond to Trump's criticism

Washington

Obama and NATO chief respond to Trump's criticism

President Barack Obama and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg struck back Monday at Donald Trump's charge that the security alliance is "obsolete," too expensive and relatively useless in dealing with today's terrorism threats. Obama said after an Oval Office meeting with Stoltenberg that, because of NATO's strength and partnership, "I'm confident that, despite these choppy waters, we will be able to underscore and underwrite the peace and security and prosperity that has been the hallmark of the transatlantic relationship for so many decades." Stoltenberg, who has pressed hard to ensure that European partners spend more on defense, agreed that Europe needed to "invest more in our security when tensions increase." But, he said in an interview, it is already doing so. "I've been in NATO for 18 months, and I'm impressed at how much NATO allies have been able to deliver" in terms of "increased resources, increased presence and starting on the process of increased defense spending."

Quick takes

Chester, Pa.: An Amtrak passenger train was going 106 miles per hour in a 110 mph zone when it struck a backhoe sitting on the same track, killing the backhoe operator and a track supervisor on Sunday, federal and local officials said Monday. National Transportation Safety Board investigator Ryan Frigo said he could not comment on who was authorized to be on the track. Trains on the Northeast Corridor resumed regular service.

Turkey: Hackers have posted a database online that seems to contain the personal information of nearly 50 million Turkish citizens in what is one of the largest public leaks of its kind. The Associated Press was able to partially verify the authenticity of the leak.

Times wires

Obama and NATO chief respond to Trump's criticism 04/04/16 [Last modified: Monday, April 4, 2016 10:36pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Coming to Hulu in August: 'Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure,' 'Saw' movies and more

    Blogs

    Hello, binge-worthy new additions to Hulu. Clue, Clueless and five Saw movies? You spoil us, Hulu.

    Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.
  2. Whitman: Hollywood whitewashing raises questions about Jesus' depiction

    Religion

    I grew up believing in white Jesus.

    A painting on my grandma's wall depicted a blonde, blue-eyed Christ.

  3. Special sorority seeks ways to help their Green Berets and themselves during St. Leo summit

    War

    ST. LEO — Julie Huynh-Rusk lies down on the floor of a St. Leo University conference room, covered by a blanket and a pink eye-pillow.

    Julie Huynh-Rusk, 31, of Seattle, takes advantage of a meditation session at Saint Leo University on Wednesday as part of the Steel Mags Summer Summit. 
The Steel Mags Sorority was founded to help spouses, daughters, mothers, and sisters of  Green Berets. [ALESSANDRA DA PRA  |   Times]

  4. Watch: Sarasota vlogger goes on viral rant against MTV's 'Siesta Key'

    Blogs

    Looking forward to MTV’s Siesta Key? Well, this Florida native definitely is not.

    Vlogger Louie Carey posted his reaction to MTV's "Siesta Key" in a viral video.
  5. On the Camino de Santiago, Day 23: Of tiny towns, wonderful naps and dreamlike ice cream bars

    Travel

    Day 23: Murias de Rechivaldo to Foncebadon: 20.8 km, 6 hours. Total for Days 1-23 = 541 km (336 miles)