President Trump’s NATO approach dividing Congress

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President Trump’s harsh approach toward NATO allies at Wednesday’s NATO Summit in Brussels is splitting Republicans in Congress.

During a summit in Brussels this week, the President chastised the allies over trade policy and defense spending.

Some Republicans like Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) worry the rhetoric is damaging relationships that are crucial to US security.

“I’m very uncomfortable with it,” Corker said. “The destabilizing effect it’s having in that region is significant.” 

Others like Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) applaud the President for pressing allies to ease trade barriers and commit more resources to NATO’s common defense.

“The Europeans need to increase their defense spending,” Cotton said. “They’ve already done some, and I think the President will applaud them for that, but they have a longer way to go as well, especially some of the larger countries in Europe like Germany.” 

The summit adjourns on Thursday.

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