Mike Pence Says U.S. Backs NATO But Urges Europe To Boost Military Spending

Mike Pence Says U.S. Backs NATO But Urges Europe To Boost Military Spending by Anton Troianovski and Julian E. Barnes, Wall Street Journal

Vice President Mike Pence said the U.S. would be unwavering in its commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, but demanded that Europe step up its military spending, marking one of the Trump administration’s most full-throated efforts yet to reassure nervous partners.

Mr. Pence, speaking at the Munich Security Conference to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and scores of other leaders and senior officials from around the world, said he was bringing to Europe a message from President Donald Trump about the importance of the trans-Atlantic bond. He promised Europe that the U.S. would be “your greatest ally.”

“We will stand with Europe,” Mr. Pence said…

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Why would any of our allies believe anything that VP Pence says. It is clear from the Flynn affair that the President does not keep the VP in the loop, and Pence is not one of the insiders in the White House that has policy authority.

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