President Donald Trump says the U.S. remains a steadfast ally to the three Baltic nations and is pointing to his push for NATO members to increase their defense spending.
Trump is joining the presidents of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania at the White House for a joint news conference. He says the Baltics “can trust the United States will remain a strong, proud and loyal friend and ally.”
Trump is praising the three NATO members for boosting their defense spending and says their “commitment to burden sharing” is an example for other nations to follow.
The Baltic leaders are pointing to their security commitments. Lithuania’s Dalia Grybauskaite says the Article 5 collective defense under NATO is “iron-clad for all of us.”
Estonia’s Kersti Kaljulaid says the countries are “an axis of good.”