Larry Pressler: My Message at European Conference Didn’t Make Me Popular

Andrew Harnik, AP

President Donald Trump walks across the South Lawn as he arrives at the White House in Washington, Friday, April 28, 2017.

Here in Washington there is much talk of President Trump’s dismmissal of FBI Director James Comey and what the president may have revealed to Russian officials by way of classified information. However, many U.S. allies are currently focused on President Trump’s campaign threat to pull out of NATO.

In relation to his comments advocating for pulling out of NATO, I just returned from both Warsaw and Krakow, Poland, where I gave a speech at a NATO security forum. Before departing for Poland, I took a briefing from our State Department as to what the Trump foreign policy will be.

I was honored to be on the same program as Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and several European generals. Cardinal McCarrick, a very senior retired Catholic cardinal, spoke on ethics and war. The purpose of my speech was to discuss what change the Trump administration will make regarding NATO. Poland and the Balkan states are perhaps the most threatened by Russia and dependent on NATO.

The conference was attended by a large number of military officers from NATO. I told them that my general assessment is everything regarding the US and NATO will stay the same. Although, Donald Trump said several times during the campaign that we should withdraw from NATO, he…

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