Trump reverses himself on NATO, China, Russia and more

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The action nullifies a rule finalized in former President Barack Obama's last days in office to prevent the defunding of family-planning services exclusively because a facility performs abortions.

Stoltenberg, though, said that Trump's support of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has been consistent, including stating his support very clearly when they spoke by telephone shortly after the November election.

A high court in the capital of Podgorica said the 14 defendants - among them the Russians and two top opposition leaders - were charged with "creating a criminal organization". "But it's not what you would think".

It looks like a president on a steep learning curve - one bent by world events as well as the power dynamics inside his own White House.

Mr. Trump has also reversed his positions on China, Syria and Russian Federation in recent days, aligning his thinking closer to US orthodoxy.

In fact, people who actually knew what they were talking about said all along that China had stopped manipulating its currency years ago.

A day later, the president ordered a Tomahawk missile strike on the Syrian air base where the chemical attack is believed to have originated.

The dim view of U.S. -Russia ties from both Trump and Tillerson reflected the former Cold War foes' inability to forge better relations, as Trump until recently has advocated.

In 2004, one massive flip-flop was a crippling blow to John Kerry's campaign (See: his comments on how he "actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it").

A senior US administration on Thursday attributed China's help to the bond Trump and Xi forged at the summit.

"Instinctively, you would say, 'Isn't that a ridiculous thing, '" he said of the bank he once panned as "featherbedding" and pledged to eliminate.

The press secretary offered a similar response when asked about the U.S. Export-Import Bank that Trump, as a candidate, called "unnecessary".

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"They were all sounding much tougher on Russia, much more like the Obama administration, and the outlier was the White House", said Angela Stent, director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies at Georgetown University.

The President's reversal on Russian Federation and China is part of a series of policy flip-flops that have seen Trump abandon campaign positions on NATO, Israel, the Iran nuclear agreement and U.S. alliances in Asia. But as Bannon-favored agenda items have been blunted in the early going - the stalling of the ObamaCare replacement bill, the travel ban fiasco - Trump appears to have turned for now toward more conventional policy favored by so-called Washington insiders whom he railed about on the campaign trail.

And while many are wondering at Trump moving toward a more "traditional" Republican position, people seem to not be devoting much time to what that position brought us last time: An economy in free fall and a foreign policy of endless war. "But there is some growing into the office and dealing with the real effects of some of the policies", said Stephen Moore, a conservative economist who helped craft Trump's economic plans. "But going it alone means going it with lots of other nations".

"We have established a new division for intelligence, which enhances our ability to fight terrorism, and working together in the alliance to fight terrorism in an even more effective way", Stoltenberg said. Will he hold to that position now, and for how long?

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, the president shared an incredible anecdote.

Given Trump's extraordinary series of about-faces over the past few days, it would be quite understandable if his most fervent supporters were looking at each other today and asking, "Who is this guy, and what has he done with our president?"

TRUMP: "I like Steve, but you have to remember he was not involved in my campaign until very late".

"Many presidents would say campaigning is one art and governing is another", he told VOA.

Given Trump's typical off-the-cuff manner, it's tempting to assume that he's sliding into the realm of all flip-flopping politicians, but the truth - at least in these two cases - is more nuanced.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov blasted USA claims that it has "irrefutable evidence" of election interference.

Some things don't change.

CNN political pundit David Gregory says the shifts show Trump is willing to be a dealmaking president.

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