Canada

Ties with Biden more natural after ‘awkward’ Trump, Dutch PM says

BRUSSELS — Transatlantic relations have become more natural since Joe Biden took over as U.S. president after a sometimes “more awkward” period with Donald Trump, the leader of Washington’s NATO ally the Netherlands said on Monday.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte spoke as he arrived at Biden’s first summit with leaders of the Western alliance that Trump regularly lambasted and threatened to leave.

“With Joe Biden… there is a clear understanding of the necessity of NATO,” Rutte told reporters.

“I also was able to work with Trump. Of course, it was also a bit more awkward sometimes but in the end we were still able to come to close agreements… But with Joe Biden, it’s more natural again.”

Trump accused NATO allies of not spending enough on their own defense and excessively burdening the United States.

In a clear change of tone, Biden said on arriving at NATO’s headquarters in Brussels on Monday that the alliance was “critically important” to Washington and that he saw the mutual security guarantees as a “sacred obligation.” (Writing by Gabriela Baczynska; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

Football news:

The more the fly spins in the web, the more entangled it becomes. Here is how Belarusian officials and coaches persuaded the athlete to go home
Ronaldinho on Messi's victory at the Copa America: This is the only thing that he lacked. I am very happy for him
Mikel Arteta: Jaka stays. He is a key Arsenal player
Parti injured his ankle in a friendly game with Chelsea. Arsenal midfielder will be examined tomorrow
Umtiti agrees to leave Barca, but only to a club from the Champions League or claiming the title
Sassuolo is ready to give Locatelli to Juve on loan for 5 million euros with an obligation to buy out at least 30 million
Sofia Pozdnyakova: It's more fun with the audience, the excitement wakes up. But we do not have such a popular sport as football or figure skating. We are used to it