Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook says the United States’ defense ties with Britain will continue following that country's vote to quit the European Union. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The Pentagon is confident that defense ties with Britain will continue and U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter spoke with his counterpart by phone after Britain voted to leave the European Union, a Pentagon spokesman said on Friday (June 24). "Secretary Carter emphasized that the United States and the United Kingdom will always enjoy a special relationship, one reflected in our close defense ties, which remain a bedbrock of U.S. security and foreign policy," Peter Cook told reporters. He also said the United States was confident that Britain would remain a strong ally in NATO. "This is a key security partner, not just for the United Sates but for other countries as well, and we see the United Kingdom continuing to play that role," Cook said.