While Trump Tweets Criticisms of NATO, House Unanimously Supports Alliance

The House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution supporting the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on Wednesday after President Donald Trump came under fire for strongly criticizing the alliance. 

The resolution passed by voice vote, according to The Hill, with the House calling NATO “the most important and critical security link between the United States and Europe.”

A similar resolution of support for NATO was passed in the Senate on Tuesday with a 97-2 vote.

The House vote comes the same day as the NATO summit in Brussels, where Trump demanded allies to increase spending targets for their respective defense funds.

Trump specifically targeted Germany for its reliance on Russian energy:

Trump also tweeted criticisms of NATO on Tuesday. He said in one of the tweets that the allies in the organization “are also delinquent for many years in payments that have not been made”:

But according to the Associated Press, there are no debts or delinquencies to be owned to the U.S.:

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) defended NATO on Wednesday as well.

“NATO is indispensable,” he told journalists. “It is as important today as it ever has been.” 

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