The Trump administration’s stances on NATO spending, Iran, Chinese technology and a new Russian-German pipeline are meant to defend hard-won freedoms, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday in Berlin.
Using an address to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of Communist hegemony in Eastern Europe, he stressed the need for allied democracies to work together with the U.S. and fight in the name of freedom.
He says that’s why the U.S. has opposed the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, raised pressure on Iran, warned of Chinese 5G network developments and urged NATO countries to increase defense spending rather than always relying on the U.S. to underpin Europe with money and firepower.
Pompeo spoke the day after Emmanuel Macron claimed NATO is suffering a “brain death” and Europe can no longer depend on the U.S. to defend her.
Asked whether he believed in members’ commitment to Article Five — where if one North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member is attacked, the others will defend it — Mr Macron said: “I don’t know, but what will Article Five mean tomorrow?”