A New York Times report says President Donald Trump told aides on several occasions last year that he wanted to withdraw the United States from NATO, which has been in place since 1949. While President Trump has gone back and forth on in the issue in public, foreign policy experts say the move would weaken the alliance and embolden Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has long criticized NATO. VOA's Diplomatic Correspondent Cindy Saine has more from Washington.
William Barr, who was nominated by U.S. President Donald Trump to be the next attorney general says Russia is a "potent rival of our country," but not as dangerous as China. Barr was questioned by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday at the first of his confirmation hearings. He said Russia is less powerful than it was during the Cold War, but its president, Vladimir Putin, is working to increase Moscow's influence in the world. VOA's Zlatica Hoke has more.