UPDATED 1:31 PM PT — Wed. July 11, 2018
The House unanimously passed a resolution to support NATO, just one day after the Senate passed a non-binding solution to continue funding for the alliance.
Before Wednesday’s vote, House Speaker Paul Ryan defended NATO, saying the group is absolutely necessary to ensuring U.S. national interests abroad.
However, Ryan did agree with the president’s notion that NATO allies are not paying their fair share. He said Germany and other members of the bloc must ramp-up their contributions to the alliance.
This comes after President Trump blasted Germany for being ‘captive’ to Russia over the multi-billion dollar gas pipeline — called Nord Stream 2.
“We’ve been bringing this up with our allies as well, we have concerns about Nord Stream 2, and so every time I’ve met with our allies in Europe, I’ve expressed those same concerns about Nord Stream 2, and the President is right to point out that our NATO allies need to adhere to their commitments, which is 2% of GDP for defense,” stated Ryan
Speaker Ryan said Germany is the EU’s largest economy, and it is able to afford higher levels of defense spending — bringing it in line with the previous NATO agreements.