Obama defends NATO as a 'lynchpin'

US President Barack Obama and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speak following a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, April 4, 2016US President Barack Obama defended NATO Monday as a “lynchpin” of US and European security, responding to Republican candidate Donald Trump’s recent assertions that the alliance is obsolete. “NATO continues to be a lynchpin, a cornerstone” of US and European defense policy, Obama said at the end of an Oval Office meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. Without naming Trump, Obama stressed the key role NATO plays in many parts of the world, saying it has been an “extraordinary partner” in Afghanistan as well as in western efforts to stabilize Iraq and Libya and deal with the refugee crisis in Europe.

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