Congress approved legislation that prevents any president from withdrawing the United States from NATO without Senate approval or an Act of Congress.
🚨 Congress approves bill barring any president from unilaterally withdrawing from NATOhttps://t.co/p3Do3oKLUd
— Young Americans for Liberty (@YALiberty) December 15, 2023
Sens. Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) initiated the legislation.
The Hill reports:
The provision underscores Congress’s commitment to the NATO alliance that was a target of former President Trump’s ire during his term in office. The alliance has taken on revitalized importance under Biden, especially since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.
“NATO has held strong in response to [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s war in Ukraine and rising challenges around the world,” Kaine said in a statement. He added the legislation “reaffirms U.S. support for this crucial alliance that is foundational for our national security. It also sends a strong message to authoritarians around the world that the free world remains united.”Advertisement
Rubio said the measure served as a critical tool for congressional oversight.
“We must ensure we are protecting our national interests and protecting the security of our democratic allies,” he said in a statement.
Biden has invested deeply in the NATO alliance during his term, committing more troops and military resources to Europe as a show of force against Putin’s war. He has also overseen the expansion of the alliance with the inclusion of Finland and ongoing efforts to secure Sweden’s full accession.
🚨New: Congress has passed legislation that will prevent any president from withdrawing the U.S. from NATO without approval from the Senate or an Act of Congress. pic.twitter.com/pBNEMoUPdf
— The Calvin Coolidge Project (@TheCalvinCooli1) December 15, 2023
Congress just voted for yet another domestic spying program
Then, they made it impossible for the president to exit NATO without their approval
Proving, once again, that these people are massive pieces of shit
— Liberty Lockdown w/ Clint Russell (@LibertyLockPod) December 15, 2023
Language in the annual National Defense Authorization Act prohibits any president in the future from pulling the United States out of NATO without the approval of the Senate or an act of Congress. https://t.co/YU67APQMIF https://t.co/ys2g8qoDuw
— NEWSMAX (@NEWSMAX) December 15, 2023
Trump’s comments on NATO, his advocates say, have brought member states to fulfill their spending contributions. However, his critics say his strong words on the alliance are weakening its unity and fear he will either weaken the United States’ commitment to the NATO mutual defense pact or pull the United States out altogether if he is elected president.