Offbeat Senate overwhelmingly passes resolution supporting NATO as Trump attacks continue

02:56  11 july  2018
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Lawmakers on Tuesday overwhelmingly voted in favor of a resolution supporting NATO, as President Trump continues to criticize members.

The measure expresses the Senate's support for the body and calls on negotiators to reaffirm the U.S. commitment to NATO.

The 97-2 vote in the Senate comes as Trump heads to Brussels for the NATO summit. He will also travel to the UK and meet one-on-one with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki during his trip.

GOP Sens. Rand Paul and Mike Lee voted against the measure, according to Defense News.

Democratic Sen. Jack Reed (R.I.) proposed the measure, calling the U.S. support for NATO "ironclad."

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  McCain rips Trump: NATO actions 'disappointing' but not surprising Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Thursday blasted President Trump's rhetoric at the NATO summit, calling it "disappointing" and not representative of the United States. "There is little use in parsing the president's misstatements and bluster, except to say that they are the words of one man. Americans, and their Congress, still believe in the transatlantic alliance and [NATO], and it is clear that our allies still believe in us as well," McCain said in a statement.

John McCain, R-Ariz., reaffirmed an “ overwhelming bipartisan support in the Congress for the transatlantic alliance.” McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he hopes Trump will “use the opportunity presented by the NATO summit to reaffirm the values of a

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Trump has long been critical of NATO members for failing to meet their defense spending commitments, and has ramped up the criticism in the days ahead of the summit.

The president suggested in a tweet on his way to Brussels that other NATO members should reimburse the U.S. for what he has called the nation's "unfair" contributions to the alliance.

NATO members agreed in 2014 to increase their defense spending to 2 percent of their GDP by 2024. But Trump has incorrectly suggested that this spending is meant to be on NATO as a whole, not on the countries' individual defense.

The attacks also come as Trump has frustrated key allies like the European Union, Canada and Mexico with steep tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

Macron Denies Trump Claim That NATO Allies Agreed to Increase Spending Beyond Goals .
<p>French President Emmanuel Macron denied that any NATO members had agreed to boost contributions beyond 2 percent GDP.</p>“Tremendous progress has been made. Everyone’s agreed to substantially up their commitment. They’re going to up it at levels that they’ve never thought of before,” Trump said at his press conference in Brussels.

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