US President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House on Thursday that Middle Eastern countries should join the North Atlantic Alliance, APA reports quoting sputniknews
"I think that NATO should be expanded and we should include the Middle East, absolutely", the president said.
He then ironically suggested calling the expanded alliance "NATO-ME".
Following the president's address to the nation on Wednesday, NATO Chief Stoltenberg has agreed to become "much more involved" in the Middle East.
"We can come home, largely come home and use NATO. We caught ISIS (Daesh*), we did Europe a big favour", Trump added.
Trump has repeatedly vowed to limit the American military presence in the Middle East region, having claimed he would put "an end to these endless wars" during his presidential campaign.