February 7, 2017 / 11:04 AM / in 6 months

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

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German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen (L) and Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite attend a ceremony to welcome the German battalion being deployed to Lithuania as part of NATO deterrence measures against Russia in Rukla, Lithuania February 7, 2017.Ints Kalnins

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.

Trump has in the past said NATO is obsolete because it has failed to protect Europe from Islamist attacks but U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has tried to reassure allies that the U.S. is still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