United States Mission to the
North Atlantic Treaty Organization
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
25 May 2018
Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison’s Visit to Washington: NATO is strengthening its capabilities
Brussels, Belgium – U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison visited Washington May 22 – 25. Canadian Permanent Representative to NATO Ambassador Kerry Buck and U.K. Permanent Representative to NATO Ambassador Sarah MacIntosh joined Ambassador Hutchison for a series of meetings and events.
Canada’s Ambassador to the United States, David MacNaughton, hosted a dinner in honor of the Ambassadors with think tanks and government officials to reiterate the importance of NATO’s contributions to international peace and security.
The Ambassadors met with Senate NATO Observers Group Co-Chairs Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), and welcomed the strong bipartisan support for NATO and the transatlantic relationship. Ambassador Hutchison highlighted the important work of the Senate in supporting America’s critical role in the Alliance.
In a joint press conference at the State Department’s Foreign Press Center, the Ambassadors emphasized the strength and unity of NATO and how it is quickly adapting to meet shared security threats. Ambassador Hutchison stressed America’s enduring commitment to NATO – a security umbrella that has been “the most important and most successful security Alliance in the history of the world.”
The Atlantic Council and the Wilson Center jointly hosted a panel discussion entitled “The Road to NATO’s Brussels Summit.” In her remarks, Ambassador Hutchison underscored, “When it comes to the goals of NATO, when it comes to what we know we have to do for our common defense, our security blanket, our security umbrella, we are one.” Each Ambassador additionally noted progress made by Allies in increasing defense spending and investment in support of NATO objectives, including an additional $46 billion spent on defense by Canada and European Allies since 2014, the largest increase in 25 years.
The Ambassadors joined the Center for a New American Security’s podcast “Brussels Sprouts” to preview key issues the Alliance will address during the NATO Summit in Brussels this July. The podcast is scheduled to air May 30.
Ambassador Hutchison completed her visit through consultations with senior U.S. officials, including Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats.
Follow Ambassador Hutchison’s travels on Twitter @USAmbNATO.