Thom is a champion for American foreign policy based on the principle of peace through strength
Thom supports initiatives that will bolster America’s longstanding relationship with its allies, including NATO. He has advocated for countering the conventional and non-conventional threats posed by America’s adversaries, including Russia, Iran, and North Korea.
Thom also believes our military’s highest priority is to achieve its readiness goals to defend the nation and our allies, a goal he has pursued as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Leading the Senate NATO Observer Group
Thom serves as the co-chair of the Senate NATO Observer Group alongside co-chair Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). Senators Tillis and Shaheen re-established the bipartisan Observer Group with an expanded mission to closely monitor and inform Senators outside of national security committees about defense spending commitments of Alliance members, the process of upgrading military capabilities, the Alliance’s counter-terrorism capability, NATO enlargement and the ability of NATO member states to address non-conventional warfare.
Senators Tillis and Shaheen attended the NATO Summit in Brussels, Belgium in 2018 and advocated for a strengthened NATO, highlighting America’s role in leading the alliance.
NATO Engages: The US Role in NATO and the Future of the Transatlantic Bond
Supporting Sanctions on Russia to hold Putin’s Regime Accountable
Thom has strongly supported imposing sanctions on the Russian government for its various transgressions across the world, including meddling in the elections of the United States and other Western democracies, unlawfully invading Crimea, and assassinating journalists and dissidents.
There cannot be any equivocation: Vladimir Putin is to blame for Russia’s poor relations with the United States and the rest of the free world. It is Putin’s regime that illegally invaded Crimea, props up Assad’s murderous regime in Syria, assassinates dissidents on foreign soil, and meddles in the elections of the United States and its European allies.
––– I’ve long maintained that America needs to take a strong position when it comes to Russia. While we should work with Russia on the specific instances where our nations share mutual objectives, we must confront Russia when they threaten the interests and well-being of America and its allies.
––– Dialogue is not a bad thing, however, any meaningful improvement in our relationship with Russia must be solely dependent on whether Putin’s government starts to behave as a good faith actor on the world stage. Unfortunately, recent history casts serious doubt on if that is even a possibility.
Senator Thom Tillis
Strengthening the Special Relationship with Israel
The United States and Israel have a special relationship that is rooted in shared common principles and core values.
Thom has been a long-time proponent of moving the American Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, and supported President Trump’s decision to do so, which followed through on the years of advocacy on the part of leaders from both parties.
Thom has also taken action against the “Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions” (BDS) movement that targets Israeli businesses and seeks to cripple Israel’s economy. Thom co-sponsored bipartisan legislation that will combat the BDS movement and protect American businesses from discriminatory targeting by international organizations.
Holding Iran Accountable
Thom has supported imposing sanctions on the government of Iran, which continues to build up its ballistic missile capabilities and remains the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism. Thom opposed the Iran nuclear deal, which was also met with strong bipartisan opposition in Congress.
Additionally, Thom has highlighted the human rights abuses of the government of Iran and has spoken out in support of protestors in Iran who bravely took to the streets to protest the Iranian regime’s oppression and denial of basic human rights.