"Without NATO, the Soviet Union would be quarterbacking half of Europe today and Putin knows it."

U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement after President Trump departed from his previous rhetoric and reaffirmed the United States' commitment to NATO.

"Without NATO, the Soviet Union would be quarterbacking half of Europe today and Putin knows it. NATO is the most successful military alliance in human history. This was the right decision."