Rep. Liz Cheney (R., Wyo.) announced her support for the Trump administration’s decision to remove the United States from the Intermediate-Rang Nuclear Forces Treaty if Russia does not comply within 60 days, saying on Tuesday action must be taken to counter the “grave the threat from Russia.”
BRUSSELS—Secretary of State Mike Pompeo brought the Trump administration’s voice to a gathering of European leaders, offering a stinging criticism of the European order’s capitulation to rogue nations such as Iran, China, and Russia.
Russia is increasing its naval presence in the Mediterranean in response to heightened tensions in Syria, according to a NATO spokesperson.
Russia’s prime minister said Tuesday that any attempt to bring Georgia into NATO would risk “horrible” conflict.
President Trump’s meeting with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, has opened another round of debate on the purpose and future of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Since assuming office, Trump has moved away from his earlier position that NATO is obsolete, preferring instead to highlight the disparity between U.S. defense expenditures (3.5 percent of Gross Domestic Product) and those of other signatories to the treaty, especially Germany (1.2 percent). Indeed, Trump rightly views the commitments of NATO powers to increase defense spending as one of the ways he has strengthened the alliance.
European lawmakers on Thursday criticized President Donald Trump’s strong-arm approach to this week’s NATO summit in Brussels, where the U.S. president reiterated demands that alliance members increase their military spending.
President Donald Trump shared on Twitter Wednesday a video of sharp words he directed toward NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg about Germany being “totally controlled by Russia” regarding their energy relationship.