“For the last seven decades, the United States and our NATO allies have served together, fought together, and sacrificed together for a vision of the world based on freedom, democracy, human rights and rule of law. Put simply, the transatlantic alliance has made the United States safer and more prosperous, and it remains critical to our national security interests,” said Senator McCain, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. “Regrettably, President Trump’s mistreatment of our closest allies has raised doubts about America’s commitment to the transatlantic alliance and the values of defense. The United States Senate provided its advice and consent to the North Atlantic Treaty, and remains overwhelmingly supportive of the transatlantic alliance. In the future, the Senate must be prepared to defend its constitutional role. This legislation is urgently required to ensure that no president can withdraw the United States from NATO without the constitutionally required advice and consent of the Senate.”
President Trump recently made remarks attacking American allies at the NATO summit, reigniting the debate over U.S. commitment to NATO. The Senate voted 97-2 this month to reaffirm its support for NATO.