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House approves bill warning against U.S. NATO pullout

 

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U.S. and Polish soldiers take part in NATO military defence exercise Anakonda 2018, at military range near Drawsko Pomorskie, Poland, November 16, 2018. Cezary Aszkielowicz/Agencja Gazeta via REUTERS

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a warning to President Donald Trump not to try to withdraw the United States from the NATO military alliance, the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday approved legislation aimed at preventing such a move.

 

The Democratic-led House approved the measure by a bipartisan 357-22 vote, with the only "no" votes coming from Republicans. It now goes to the Republican-majority Senate, where its future is unclear, although a similar measure has been introduced there.

 

At a news conference before the vote, Democratic lawmakers said they were alarmed by reports of the Republican president's low regard for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, a 70-year-old military alliance that joins the United States and Canada with allies in Europe.

 

The New York Times said last week that several times over the course of 2018, Trump privately told his advisers he wanted to withdraw from NATO.

 

Publicly, the president has rebuked NATO allies for spending too little on defence.

 

The legislation that passed the House Tuesday reaffirms lawmakers' support for NATO, and says no U.S. funds will be spent to withdraw the United States from it.

 

"This bill ... makes it clear that the United States Congress still believes (in) the NATO mission and will prevent any short-sighted efforts to undermine NATO or unilaterally withdraw our country,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, a Democrat, said.

 

"It is in a sense crazy that we have to be doing this,” added freshman Democratic Representative Tom Malinowski, a former assistant secretary at the State Department.

 

"I take the President of the United States seriously. He has made no secret of his disdain for the NATO alliance and his willingness to consider leaving it ... Congress is now the only check we have," Malinowski said.

 

Last week a bipartisan bill was introduced in the Senate to prohibit any U.S. president from withdrawing from NATO without Senate approval.

 

(Reporting by Susan Cornwell; Editing by Chris Reese)

 

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3 minutes ago, Nyezhov said:

Nope. But the foreign policy principles of the Democratic Party over the last 40 years are more slippery than light crude. 

Because the Democrats have not historically supported NATO?  

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Yeah, Trump only rattle the cage so that the European countries will buy more weapons from his friends in the (American) weapons industry... if a NATO member (Turkey) buy more sophisticated weapons from another country (Russia) than US want to sell/can offer, then US (Trump) complains about that too...

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2 hours ago, Nyezhov said:

Do you want to lose American lives to defend Latvia?

 

Isnt it time for Europe to defend themselves?

 

Being the worlds policeman is only good when the Dems say so, and only bad when the Dems say so?

So, we have ability to reach an accord here. While I would continue to support NATO membership, I want to see a realignment of the US military posture. 800 installations around the globe and endless wars is indeed, “overkill” to me. I favore regional defense where allies in the region take the first line of dealing with what they see as regional threats, The USA no longer pushes to take the lead. I realize that this will take some doing as the military arms sales, the protection of US commercial interests will take a lessened directing role in the US military posture.

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2 hours ago, Kasset Tak said:

Yeah, Trump only rattle the cage so that the European countries will buy more weapons from his friends in the (American) weapons industry... if a NATO member (Turkey) buy more sophisticated weapons from another country (Russia) than US want to sell/can offer, then US (Trump) complains about that too...

what friends are those precisely?

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