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NYT: Trump discussed U.S. withdrawal from NATO

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President Trump at last year's NATO summit with national security adviser John Bolton. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

President Trump told top administration officials in private conversations throughout 2018 that he wanted to withdraw the U.S. from NATO, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: Senior national security officials believe the withdrawal from the 29-country military alliance "would drastically reduce Washington’s influence in Europe and could embolden Russia for decades," the Times reports. The move would be "the wildest success that Vladimir Putin could dream of," Michèle A. Flournoy, a top defense official under President Obama, told the Times, which reported last week that the FBI had opened a counterintelligence investigation into whether Trump was secretly working for Russian interests in 2017.

Pompeo: It's "ludicrous" to suggest Trump is a threat to U.S. security

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called the idea that President Trump is a threat to American national security "absolutely ludicrous" and "silly on its face" on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday after the New York Times reported that the FBI had opened an investigation into whether the president could be working for Russian interests in 2017.

Background: The FBI investigation was reportedly triggered by Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, and the White House echoed Pompeo's derision of the report, calling it "absurd." The NYT bombshell was followed by a report from the Washington Post on Saturday that Trump sought to hide details of his conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin from his own administration officials.

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