Great piece by Byron York noting that despite all the “outrage” over President Trump’s questioning of NATO, he actually got some big things done, changing their approach.
From the article:
Candidate Donald Trump set off a furious controversy when he said NATO countries 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.”
But at least as newsworthy was what happened next. Pence dropped the hammer of Trump’s demands, and NATO quickly went along.