Biden: Don’t Take Trump’s NATO Threats Seriously

U.S. allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization should not be worried about Donald Trump’s criticism of the alliance, according to Vice President Joe Biden.

The Hill noted that the Republican presidential nominee complains about the United States spending a “fortune” to support NATO, while other countries fail to “fulfill their obligations to us” by contributing enough money to the organization. He has hinted that as president he might not offer American assistance to some of the 28 NATO nations.

On Tuesday, Biden commented while visiting Latvia: “Our sacred honor is at stake. The fact that you occasionally hear something from a presidential candidate in the other party – it’s nothing that should be taken seriously. … There is continued, overwhelming, bipartisan agreement in the United States of America, both political parties, to maintain our commitment to NATO.”

After meeting with Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis, the vice president told reporters it is “simply not true” that U.S. officials are considering scaling back their support of NATO. “I want to make it clear, absolutely clear to all the people of the Baltic states, we have pledged our sacred honor, the United States of America, our sacred honor to the NATO Treaty and Article 5. We mean what we say. We have never reneged on any commitment we have made.”

Article 5 is a pledge by NATO members to consider an attack on any of the countries an attack on all of them.

Source: The Hill
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