National security adviser H.R. McMaster said Wednesday criticism of President Trump's failure to affirm the United States' commitment to NATO's Article 5 in a speech last month was a "manufactured controversy."
"The president is absolutely committed to our treaty," McMaster said Wednesday at the Center for a New American Security's annual conference. "We are signatories of the treaty, and he said we will never abandon those who stand with us, and he was very clear in saying everything but that explicit phrase that everyone was looking for, for some really odd reason."
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