Vice President Mike Pence reaffirmed the need for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) members to stand together in the fight against terrorism, addressing the recent London terror attacks.
“And make no mistake: Our commitment is unwavering. We will meet our obligations to our people to provide for the collective defense of all our allies. Now is the time for NATO and this Transatlantic Alliance to stand united and stand strong in the face of global terrorism”, Pence said at the Atlantic Council’s Global Citizen Awards event.
The Vice President expressed condolences on behalf of the Trump administration for the people affected by the attacks that left dozens dead and many more injured in the United Kingdom.
Pence also voiced support for NATO Article 5, which says “an attack against one Ally is considered as an attack against all Allies”. “An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us”, Pence noted at the event hosted by the nonpartisan organization.
President Donald Trump cited the recent attacks this week as further reason to institute a travel ban to protect the US and to prevent individuals from “dangerous countries” coming over the nation’s border. Trump also repeatedly spoke out against NATO during his presidential campaign trail, calling it “obsolete” and complaining that it is too reliant on the US for funding.
Trump has softened his stance on NATO since, and in April he stated that the organization was “no longer obsolete”, at a White House press conference with the NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg.
NATO was established in 1949 as a collective military and security alliance among several Western states against the growing threat of the Soviet Union.