Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Byron York: NATO to US: Yes, sir, Mr. Trump
At WExaminer by Byron York --
Candidate Donald Trump set off a furious controversy when he said NATO countries should should pay their "fair share" of mutual defense costs, and, later, that the treaty organization was "obsolete" because not enough of its efforts were directed against radical Islamic terrorism.
On Monday, Vice President Mike Pence took the Trump message to NATO headquarters in Brussels. And after all the controversy and complaining, NATO's response could be boiled down to a single sentence: Yes sir, Mr. Trump.
News reports from Pence's news conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg focused on Pence's effort to "reassure" nervous NATO officials that the U.S. will stand behind its treaty commitments. "It is my privilege here at the NATO headquarters to express the strong support of President Trump and the United States of America for NATO and our transatlantic alliance," Pence said. "I can say with confidence, America will do our part."