Fw: VPotus Pool Report #5 Latvia

From: Barbara Plett-INTERNET
Sent: Tuesday, August 23, 2016 14:05
To: Goodman, Meghan Hays K. EOP/OVP
Cc: Karen DeYoung
Subject: VPotus Pool Report #5 Latvia

03.23.16: Biden Affirms US Commitment to NATO and Article 5

The presidents of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia held a ‘family photo’ with VPotus, standing in front of their respective flags, before beginning a working dinner. The event is taking place on the 27th anniversary of the Baltic Way, when people from all three states joined hands across borders to show their desire for independence from the Soviet Union

Mr Biden used the occasion to strongly declare the USA’s commitment to NATO, especially Article 5, despite what 'a presidential candidate' might be saying. Here are his remarks, the others will follow:

VPotus: This is an historic day, I can remember being a young senator and watching my colleagues react as I did and seeing people lining up holding hands – the Baltic Way. It was an electrifying moment and there’s been so much progress made since that time.

I’m here looking forward to discussing the details of decisions taken in Warsaw, also economic issues. But I want to make it clear, absolutely clear to all the people of the Baltic States, we have pledged our sacred honour, the United States of America, our sacred honour to the NATO Treaty and Article 5. We mean what we say, we have never reneged on any commitment we have made, our sacred honour is at stake; the fact that you occasionally hear something from a presidential candidate (..unclear word) it’s nothing that should be taken seriously, because I don’t think he understands what Article 5 is. And, but there is continued overwhelming bipartisan agreement in the United States of America, in both political parties to maintain our commitment to NATO, we reaffirmed that in Warsaw, and the concern that the US is somehow disengaged (…unclear word) is simply not true. As a matter of fact our presence will be enhanced, there will be more NATO partners on the Russian border, there will be more than a single tripwire. We are absolutely thoroughly 100% committed to our NATO obligation including and especially to Article 5

Barbara Plett Usher

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