Dick Durbin

Senators privately reassure European allies on NATO support

A bipartisan group of senators used a private meeting Wednesday to reassure diplomats from NATO and other European nations of the Senate's support for the alliance.

The meeting came as President Donald Trump has repeatedly challenged the value of the trans-Atlantic coalition and shown a warming toward its chief adversary, Russia. It was also the latest instance of the Republican-controlled chamber parting company from Trump and explicitly demonstrating its backing for Europe and a wariness of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., who helped initiate the meeting, said lawmakers wanted to "reassure these countries of our commitment to NATO and...