Pompeo Dives in at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation on 1st Trip as Top US Diplomat

Pompeo Dives in at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation on 1st Trip as Top US Diplomat

Kerry Wise
April 28, 2018

At a meeting of NATO Foreign ministers in Brussels on Friday, Pompeo agreed with diplomatic counterparts to combat Russia's behavior, a senior State Department official traveling with him said.

Room 1 was where NATO's Article 5 self-defence pact was invoked for the first and only time in the wake of the 9/11 attacks on the United States.

However, other members states - most notably Germany - have not drafted detailed plans to dedicate 2 percent of economic output to military matters.

"NATO is wonderful, but it helps Europe more than it helps us", Trump said ahead of his meeting with the German leader.

Despite European confusion about Trump's foreign policy and his "America First" rhetoric, Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok said it was 'impressive to come here one night after being inaugurated.

At a breakfast meeting focused on Russia, NATO foreign ministers agreed on "the scale of Russian aggression" and that it "requires a response", according to the USA official, who was not authorized to discuss the closed-door meeting publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Trump has repeatedly declared this to be tantamount to countries not paying their dues, and Pompeo carried this message to Brussels as his predecessor Rex Tillerson had done.

In 1990, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, as the West fretted about what role a reunified Germany might play in Europe, then German chancellor Helmut Kohl jumped in his official vehicle and raced to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters.

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Before the talks began, USA diplomats had singled out Germany - which spends only 1.24 percent of its large GDP on defence - for criticism.

Defense spending and nations' progress toward reaching spending goals is key to strengthening defense, US officials argue.

Luxembourg s veteran Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn told AFP Pompeo had got his point across without causing upset.

In his first public remarks after being confirmed as President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN's Anderson Cooper: Trump's Fox interview "like listening to the rantings of Richard Nixon" Pompeo arrives in Brussels for first overseas trip as secretary of State Feds seized over a dozen phones in Cohen raids MORE's new secretary of State, Pompeo urged the alliance not to return to "business as usual".

"On the contrary he was attentive, he listened and took part in all the discussions".

The foreign ministers also agreed on the outlines of a training mission to Iraq to be launched in July.

In addition, Pompeo will have separate talks with the foreign ministers of Italy and Turkey. The mission will have "several hundred personnel", Stoltenberg noted.