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  • US President Joe Biden's administration will use a virtual NATO defense gathering this week as a starting point toward rebuilding trust with European allies shaken by Donald Trump's America first foreign policy.

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  • S officials, who asked to remain anonymous, said Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin would emphasize Washington's commitment to the transatlantic treaty.

  • After Trump's open hostility, Biden's Republican predecessor publicly ridiculed NATO allies such as Germany, who failed to reach defense spending targets.

  • E think that NATO was not doing what they were supposed to be doing a lot of the countries and we were doing much more than we should have been doing.

  • Frankly, we were carrying too much of a burden.

  • That's why we call it burden sharing.

  • Officials said Biden would not abandon those targets but will focus on bolstering NATO's collective defense.

  • Secretary General Stoltenberg, you're on speakerphone with president by Mr Secretary.

  • How are you?

  • Underscoring Biden's views on NATO, the White House took the rare step of releasing a video last month of the US president's first conversation with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in which used the word sacred to describe America's commitment to the treaty.

  • It's a sacred commitment.

  • The NATO defense ministers meeting comes as efforts to secure a peace deal in Afghanistan teeter amid rising Taliban attacks.

  • The Taliban must reduce violence, NATO chief Stoltenberg said on Monday.

  • Taliban militants must do more to meet the terms of a 2020 peace agreement with the US if foreign troops are to withdraw by a May deadline.

  • While no ally wants to stay in Afghanistan longer than necessary, we will not leave before the time is right.

US President Joe Biden's administration will use a virtual NATO defense gathering this week as a starting point toward rebuilding trust with European allies shaken by Donald Trump's America first foreign policy.

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Biden aims to rebuild NATO trust after Trump era

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