Jens Stoltenberg, the secretary general of NATO, delivered a historic speech at The Heritage Foundation about the value NATO brings to American national security in the 21st century. Stoltenberg spoke of the more than 1,000 NATO personnel lost in the War on Terror to illustrate our allies’ commitment to freedom and security.
When the Secretary General began his term in 2014, the alliance’s obligations were underfunded by European governments. The Secretary General commended President Trump’s outspokenness on the subject, saying it resulted in a $40 Billion increase in European contributions, with pledges to fulfill obligations by 2024.
Secretary General Stoltenberg gave this landmark speech here to demonstrate NATO’s value in our challenging times and to reaffirm that commitment to America. After his speech, Heritage Executive Vice President Kim Holmes moderated a vigorous Q&A session in which Heritage experts joined national reporters to get the Secretary General’s take on the big challenges facing the alliance.
Without your support, we would not attract such distinguished foreign dignitaries. This speech highlights Heritage’s leading role in the conservative movement, which is all because of you.
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