According to Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook, the US Defense Department is not going to stop to strengthen its position in Europe, regardless of intentions of new US president Donald Trump.
The Pentagon will continue to strengthen its position in Europe, as it was planned, regardless of intentions of new US president Donald Trump, the AFP news agency reported, citing Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook.
The victory of Trump, who will assume presidential duties in January, caused serious concern of the EU in connection with his statements about the ineffectiveness of NATO, as well as with the fact that he questioned the advisability of the USA membership in the organization.
Earlier, Washington had planned to start to deploy an additional combat brigade in Europe in February in order to increase the number of brigades on the continent to three. This plan should “boost Eastern European defenses against possible attack by Russia.”
“We are executing plans as they were constructed with our NATO allies,” Cook said. “We leave it to the next administration to speak their policy choices,” he added. “We have one commander-in-chief at a time.”
According to AFP, the new brigade would start its deployment with a military exercise in Poland before to be sent to Romania, Bulgaria and the Baltic States.
When Cook was asked about the possibility that Ash Carter, the current defense secretary, could remain in office under Donald Trump, the Pentagon press secretary declined to comment, and noted that Carter “is focused on his job right now and he wants to serve this president until the end of his term.”