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Pence Trip Carries Message 'America First' Doesn't Mean 'America Alone'

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By    |   Sunday, 30 Jul 2017 04:30 PM

Vice President Mike Pence said the purpose of his trip to northern Europe's three Baltic nations was to convey a "simple message" from President Donald Trump. That message was Trump's "America first" policy did not mean "America alone," The Hill reported Sunday.

"President Trump sent me to eastern Europe with a very simple message — that is America first doesn't mean America alone," Pence told Fox News Sunday after arriving in Estonia.

"Our message to the Baltic states, my message when we visit Georgia and Montenegro will be the same. To our allies in Eastern Europe, we are with you, we stand with you on behalf of freedom," he continued.

Pence arrived in Estonia on Sunday accompanied by his wife, Karen, on a trip that will include visits to Georgia and Montenegro. He will meet with the presidents of northern Europe's three Baltic nations to reassure them about support from the United States.

Tensions between NATO member states and Russia have continued to rise following Russian President Vladimir Putin's military moves into Ukraine. Earlier this month Russia also sent 2,500 troops to the Latvian and Estonian borders for a military drill.

Trump is expected to sign a bill that Congress passed last week hitting Russia with sanctions for their aggressive acts and also for meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

"The president has made it very clear that Russia's destabilizing activities and support for rogue regimes and its activities in Ukraine are unacceptable. The president made it clear that very soon he will sign sanctions from the Congress to reinforce that," Pence said.

Pence said he and the president expected "Russian behavior to change" and that they were "very hopeful that we'll see very different behavior from the Russian government."

Montenegro became a NATO member earlier this year and Georgia has tried to join in the past.

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