Sen. Cotton Indicates Alignment With Trump's NATO Views

Mar 25, 2016

File photo: US Sen. Tom Cotton touring military vehicle prototypes in Little Rock.
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Arkansas’s junior U.S. Senator Tom Cotton said Republican Presidential frontrunner Donald Trump “could be commander in chief.” Speaking on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program Friday, Cotton referenced a meeting he and other lawmakers held with Trump on Monday.

“I didn’t hear much different from what we’ve heard in public...[he] raised some serious questions about NATO, and I share some of those questions,” Cotton said.

Cotton remarked that he and Trump share similar views that military spending between the U.S. and European countries in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization should be proportional.

“Now I would have a different approach. Rather than reducing our spending...I would urge European leaders, as I have for four years, to increase their spending, specifically so we can stop the kind of attacks we’ve seen in Paris and Brussels,” he said.

Cotton indicated that NATO receives about 70 percent of its funding from the U.S. and 30 percent from European countries.

On the program, Cotton also remarked on the President’s trip to Cuba, the war in Syria and the Islamic State.