Vice President Mike Pence continued to reiterate the U.S.’ dedication to its European allies with a cease at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Monday.
“I can say with confidence: America will do our half,” Pence stated.
Pence beforehand visited Germany to talk on the Munich Safety Convention.
Pence’s joint appearance with NATO Secretary Basic Jens Stoltenberg got here after he appeared with European Council President Donald Tusk — the place he once more expressed america’ “robust dedication” to working with the European Union.
“No matter our variations, our two continents share the identical heritage, the identical values and above all, the identical function: to advertise peace and prosperity by way of freedom, democracy and the rule of regulation. And to these goals we’ll stay dedicated,” Pence stated whereas talking at a joint press convention with Tusk.
Pence’s feedback Monday probably introduced some aid to EU and NATO members who might have been involved with previous feedback President Trump made on the marketing campaign path.
As lately as last month, Trump referred to as NATO “out of date.”
“The nations we’re defending should pay for the price of this protection — and if not, the U.S. have to be ready to let these nations defend themselves,” Trump stated in April 2016.
However Pence appeared to comply with by way of on one thing Trump stated throughout his marketing campaign.
“They’re delinquent, so we will say, ‘You gotta pay.’ So we’re defending them. They are not paying, or they’re paying a fraction of what they’re supposed to be paying. Have you learnt the sort of cash we’re speaking about?” Trump asked a crowd throughout an occasion in New Jersey in June 2016.
“Whereas we commend the few nations which are on monitor and have met the duty, the reality is that many others, together with a few of our largest allies, nonetheless lack a transparent and credible path to satisfy this minimal aim. … The president expects actual progress by the top of 2017,” Pence stated.
Pence did attempt to reassure NATO on Russian aggression.
“Be assured, the USA, as properly, will proceed to carry Russia accountable, whilst we seek for new widespread floor, which President Trump firmly believes may be discovered,” Pence stated.
He referred to as for Russia and Ukraine to abide by the stop-hearth that went into impact Monday.
When requested whom individuals all over the world ought to consider — Pence or Trump — NATO’s secretary common stated the administration appears to be on the identical web page.
“I’ve heard precisely the identical agency message from the president of america in two telephone calls, from the Vice President in conferences in the present day and in Munich, and from Secretary [James] Mattis, [Rex] Tillerson and [John] Kelly. All of them conveyed the identical message that america is firmly dedicated to the transatlantic partnership and have an unwavering help for the NATO alliance,” Stoltenberg said.
Pence additionally publicly commented on the ouster of former Nationwide Safety Adviser Gen. Michael Flynn. He referred to as Trump’s request for Flynn’s resignation “the right choice.”
“I’m very grateful for the shut working relationship I’ve with the president of america. I might inform you that I used to be disillusioned to study that the details that had been conveyed to me by Gen. Flynn have been inaccurate,” Pence stated.