WASHINGTON—Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today made the following statement:

“President Trump has again tried to play the arsonist and the fireman at the NATO summit—nearly burning the alliance to the ground, then taking credit for extinguishing the fire he lit. Frankly, his reckless behavior has hurt the alliance, undermined American leadership, and played into Russia’s hands.

“The President’s conduct would be laughable if the stakes weren’t so high. His claims of new concessions from the allies are nonsense. Our allies did nothing but reaffirm commitments made four years ago at the Wales Summit. This imbroglio accomplished nothing except to show that under Mr. Trump’s so-called leadership, the United States has become a bully, a bad friend, and an unreliable ally. More and more, ‘America First’ is ‘America Alone.’”

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