Addressing the Munich Security Conference on Saturday, US Vice President Mike Pence has sought to
assure allies that Donald Trump’s administration will back NATO and stand with Europe.
But he also warned that partners must pay their fair share to support NATO, saying that their failure to do so “erodes the foundation of our alliance”.
Without mentioning the president by name, fellow Republican and prominent Trump critic John McCain earlier slammed the billionaire’s world-view at the event, founded in 1963 by Ewald von Kleist.
“What would von Kleist’s generation say if they saw our world today? I fear much about it would be all too familiar for them and they would be alarmed by it,” McCain told the forum on Friday.