Today in 5 Lines
In a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, President Trump reversed his position on NATO, saying “it’s no longer obsolete.” In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Trump said he fears the U.S. dollar is “getting too strong,” and said he won’t label China a currency manipulator, as he had promised to do during his campaign. After meeting privately with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters that U.S.-Russia relations are “at a low point.” A spokesman for Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager, said Manafort will consider registering with the U.S. government as a foreign agent, in light of his political work in Ukraine. Daily Mail, the British tabloid, agreed to apologize and pay damages to First Lady Melania Trump, after Trump sued the newspaper for alleging that she had once worked as an escort.
Today on The Atlantic
Trump’s Shifting Claims: Last month, President Trump accused former President Obama of wiretapping him. Since then, Trump has repeatedly changed his story. His latest argument, writes David A. Graham, “doesn’t make any more sense than his previous versions.”
Playing Both Sides: The United States periodically debates whether it should become more or less involved in crises abroad. Stephen Sestanovich explores how Trump toed the line of this discussion by offering to do both.
The Takeover: A new paper by two political scientists suggests that President Trump's style of nationalism may be replacing old-school conservatism as the Republican Party's dominant ideology. (McKay Coppins)