FILE - This Jan. 9, 2018 file photo shows Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., after a weekly, closed-door strategy session at the Capitol in Washington. The legal marijuana industry often finds the doors locked at banks, its money unwanted because the drug remains illegal under federal law. But President Donald Trump might help change that, at least partly. The Republican president last week said he was inclined to support a bipartisan proposal in Congress, which Gardner introduced, to ease the U.S. ban on marijuana, which if enacted could encourage more banks to accept money from cannabis companies. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Sen. Cory Gardner[1] praised the relationship between the U.S. and European allies on Thursday, after President Trump[2]’s tough talk at the NATO summit.

“Nobody is going to be able to drive a wedge between the United States and our allies in NATO,” Mr. Gardner[3] said during an interview on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom.”

The Colorado senator touted the recent resolution passed 97-2 in the Senate on Tuesday promoting the U.S. commitment to NATO. He noted that the president shared similar sentiments in his impromptu press briefing Thursday.

However, Mr. Gardner[4] did reaffirm that member states need to contribute more to NATO.

“We can’t care more about the security of Europe than Europe does,” he said, “but we also have to be sure we’re not the only ones funding the piggy bank.”

While he praised the president’s work in Brussels, the senator was clear of what he wanted Mr. Trump[5] to do in Helsinki during his meeting with Vladimir Putin.

Mr. Gardner[6] blamed the foreign government for the nerve agent exposure in England, the loss of lives in Syria, and the annexation of Crimea. He said the meeting is Mr. Trump[7]’s chance to tell Mr. Putin the U.S. disagrees with Russia’s “continued violations of international law.”...

“It needs to be that way,” Mr. Gardner[8] said, “I think the president needs to be very firm.”

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