Jens Stoltenberg, the secretary general of NATO, delivered a historic speech at The Heritage Foundation where he examined 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. He explained that President Trump’s actions resulted $40 Billion increase in European contributions, with pledges to fulfill obligations by 2024.
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 challenges facing the alliance.
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