>> In my conversation with the President elect. He expressed a great interest, in maintaining our core strategic relationships.>> After sounding the alarm about Donald Trump for more than a year, President Obama. Heading to Europe, now thrown into the awkward role of reassuring close US allies, that Trump may not be as dangerous as many feared.
Obama laying the ground Monday, trying to clean up one of Trump's most notorious campaign lines, that he may back away from NATO.>> There is no weakening of resolve, when it comes to America's. commitment to maintaining a strong and robust NATO relationship, and a recognition. That those alliances aren't just good for Europe, they're good for the United States.
>> National security reporter, Mark Bosenball.>> I think it's gonna be kind of a hard sell by Obama, to convince Europeans not to be nervous about. Donald Trump. I'm probably going to believe that Donald Trump said, different things to Barack Obama about. International politics foreign policy than he said publicly, but which one is he actually gonna do?
We don't know.>> America's always been, a pillar of strength and a beacon of hope.>> Fierce. In Europe to a large extent, revolving around mutual praise between Trump and Russian president, Vladimir Putin. Who's actions in Ukraine and Syria, have sent a chill through the continent. Trump's saying, he might recognize Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea Peninsula.
>> Certainly, intelligence people, both in the United States and Europe. Government officials have said, that Russia's going out of it's way, to at least weaken the bonds of Western Europe. But arguably, the State laws, both the United States and Western Europe.>> His transition team announcing Trump shared a phone call Monday, with Putin.
The two agreeing to work toward, quote, constructive cooperation. After a notoriously chilly relationship, between Putin and Obama. Obama visiting Athens Tuesday and continuing to Berlin, for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Attacked by Trump, during the campaign. For her policy welcoming refugees, from Syria's civil war.