February 7, 2017 / 11:21 AM / 10 months ago

German defence minister confident U.S. to stay committed to NATO

RUKLA, Lithuania (Reuters) - German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said on Tuesday she was confident that the United States would remain committed to NATO in response to doubts about U.S. President Trump’s views on the defence alliance.

German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen watches an exercise at the Franz-Josef Strauss Bundeswehr base in Altenstadt, Germany, February 3, 2017. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

Trump has in the past said NATO is obsolete because it has failed to protect Europe from Islamist attacks but U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has tried to reassure allies that the U.S. is still committed.

Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Writing by Madeline Chambers

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