04.03.19

Senate Intel Chairman Richard Burr on NATO’s 70th Anniversary

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg delivered a joint address to Congress on the eve of the organization’s 70th anniversary. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) issued the following statement:

“I appreciate Secretary General Stoltenberg appearing before Congress today to discuss NATO’s history and future. For 70 years, NATO has helped protect freedoms and promote peace throughout Europe, North America, and the world. Founded in the aftermath of World War II and under the looming threat of a nuclear conflict, NATO’s core mission has always been to ensure a strong, united defense against threats to democracy. Though the world has changed, that mission has never been more important.

“Today, NATO has grown to 29 members, including several countries once under Soviet control. Under President Trump, members’ defense pledges have increased by nearly $100 billion. The U.S., Canada, and Europe are working together in new ways to meet 21st century challenges, like advancements in intelligence sharing and new cybersecurity initiatives.

“As Americans, we will never forget Article 5 was invoked for the first time on September 12, 2001. The United States is a founder, leader, and beneficiary of NATO, and we remain deeply committed to our allies.”