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 China, 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.
Holding Communist China Accountable
Thom recognizes that the Chinese Communist Party poses the gravest geopolitical threat to the United States. That is why he offered up a detailed 18-point plan to hold Communist China accountable for trying to cover up COVID-19 and routinely stealing America’s technology. Thom’s plan also proposes to contain the Chinese government in the long-term and halt their military, technological, and economic ambitions, including ways to reduce our dependency on China by moving our manufacturing from China back home to the United States.
Thom's plan also proposes to contain the Chinese government in the long-term and halt their military, technological, and economic ambitions, including ways to reduce our dependency on China by moving our manufacturing from China back home to the United States.
We cannot afford to sugarcoat the ambitions of the Chinese government: their ultimate goal is to overtake the United States as the world’s top superpower and realign the international system to serve China’s nefarious interests. As a United States Senator, I will do everything in my power to protect the economy, public health, and national security of the United States and maintain our position as the leader of the world that protects sovereignty, enforces the rule of law, and respects human rights.
Senator Thom Tillis
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 its illegal invasion of Ukraine.
History has repeatedly proven that appeasement never works. The entire world, including our adversaries like Communist China, will be carefully watching our response. There can be no doubt: Putin must be severely punished for his illegal actions and provocations, and crippling economic sanctions on Russia are long overdue. The U.S. and our NATO allies must stand with the Ukrainian people, ensuring its military has the weapons it needs to defend its citizens and sovereignty from Russia's aggression.
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.