President Obama just landed in Greece this morning, beginning a week-long foreign trip in which he will serve as an unlikely emissary of President-elect Donald Trump.
Obama sought to reassure anxious European allies that the United States will continue its bipartisan commitment to the North Atlantic alliance — regardless of Trump’s campaign rhetoric that often suggested otherwise.
“In my conversation with the president-elect, he expressed a great interest in maintaining our core strategic relationships,” Obama said in a news conference before departing Washington Monday.
“And so one of the messages I will be able to deliver is his commitment to NATO and the Transatlantic Alliance. I think that’s one of the most important functions I can serve at this stage, during this trip, is to let them know that there is no weakening of resolve when it comes to America’s commitment to maintaining a strong and robust NATO relationship, and a recognition that those alliances aren’t just good for Europe, they’re good for the United States, and they’re vital for the world.”