Josh Hawley: Expanding Sweden, Finland into NATO Would Make 'America Less Safe'

Josh Hawley: Expanding Sweden, Finland into NATO Would Make 'America Less Safe'


Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) wrote in an op-ed for the National Interest that admitting Sweden and Finland into NATO would make America less safe by increasing its military commitments when the nation needs to realign its strategic posture towards China.

Hawley announced his intention to vote against admitting Sweden and Finland into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO); the Senate plans to vote on this later this week.

The Missouri populist contended that admitting Finland and Sweden into NATO would exacerbate two strategic issues for the United States: it would obligate the United States to protect more European countries in the event of an attack, and it would distract the country from realigning its military focus towards China.

Hawley wrote “when it comes to

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