NATO chief: Trump has been 'very consistent' in support of alliance

And when you think about free enterprise it's really not free enterprise.

That's just one of several recent comments offering insight into what looks like a moderate makeover for an immoderate president.

How does this thing just - how do you keep it from spiraling out of control? That attack prompted a retaliatory US missile strike.

But as recently as November 2015, Trump repeatedly claimed he not only knew Vladimir Putin, but knew him "very well", and that he had a relationship with the Russian president.

"Every administration tries to improve relations, but there is a very basic fundamental fact: Across the geopolitical chessboard the USA and Russian Federation have fundamentally very different interests", said Harry Kazianis, a senior fellow for defense policy at the Center for the National Interest, a Washington think tank advocating "realistic" foreign policy.

"I welcome his strong support for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and I welcome his support for making sure that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation continues to adapt", said the secretary. But he said in the Journal interview that he supports the bank, which helps USA exporters by making and guaranteeing loans. "And it actually makes money, it could make a lot of money".

Allies describe Trump as merely growing in the job, taking what he's learning and adapting.

His first 80-plus days in the White House have proven the miscalculation at the root of that belief, marked by the failure of his health care plan and historically low poll numbers. (Trump previously told Bloomberg that the Export-Import Bank is "unnecessary" and "I'd be against it.") Gary Cohn's fingerprints are all over this one. Instead, Xi was a leader with whom Trump enjoyed good "chemistry" and "bonding". His onetime campaign guru, Steve Bannon, has been somewhat marginalized while moderate voices grow louder.

"The way this administration does business is highly unorthodox in so many respects", Miller said, "but the ultimate outcome on so many issues seems now to come around to a pretty conventional approach".

Therefore, Cheng says, China still has many points of leverage over North Korea, from finance and tourism to the many North Koreans working in China.

"A strong trans-Atlantic alliance as NATO is important for Europe but is also important for the United States", Stoltenberg said. In the same interview, he spoke of filling vacancies on the Ex-Im Bank, which gives loans to foreign firms to buy US products, among other services - and which Trump slammed during the campaign. He was known as a candidate who rarely dug deep, and he employed few policy experts to inform his views.

In fact, people who actually knew what they were talking about said all along that China had stopped manipulating its currency years ago.

Trump tweeted: AGAIN, TO OUR VERY FOOLISH LEADER, DO NOT ATTACK SYRIA - IF YOU DO MANY VERY BAD THINGS WILL HAPPEN & FROM THAT FIGHT THE U.S. GETS NOTHING! However, the travel rules remain stalled in federal courts. The organization started training Iraqi troops since February to help them and make them capable of battling against the terrorist group.

The hard-line, populist tenor that dominated Trump's insurgent candidacy has given way to a more centrist governing philosophy and, as Trump nears the end of his first 100 days looking to rack up accomplishments, he's edging away from some of the nationalist stances that endeared him to his base.

Some things don't change.

Trump has been learning a whole lot of interesting things since becoming the most powerful man in the world - that healthcare is complicated, that Abraham Lincoln was a Republican, that maybe he does want to bomb Syria, that we have a few global agreements he can't scrap on a whim. "That's his pipeline to supporters, and he still has it".