Vice President Joe Biden traveled to Latvia on Tuesday, where he told Baltic leaders not to take Republican nominee Donald Trump’s comments seriously.
Reuters reported that Biden suggested to officials in Latvia that Trump “did not understand NATO’s mutual defense guarantee, known as Article Five.”
“I want to make it absolutely clear to all the people in Baltic states: we have pledged our sacred honor, the United States of America … to the NATO treaty and Article Five,” Biden, a Democrat, said in the Latvian capital.
“The fact that you occasionally hear something from a presidential candidate in the other party, it’s … nothing that should be taken seriously,” Biden said.
Trump had made statements earlier this year that he believed the U.S. was paying too much, and other countries should pay their fair share of the burden.
Trump stated on Monday, August 15, that he would “work closely with NATO allies to defeat ISIS militants” if he wins the election.
Biden visited Serbia last week, where a massive crowd of Trump supporters marched through the streets, in protest of his visit.
He is scheduled to travel to Turkey on Wednesday, where he will meet President Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, before visiting Sweden to discuss Europe’s asylum crisis.
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