Mattis: Trump’s Message to NATO Is ‘Consistent’ with Previous Presidents

Defense Secretary James Mattis says that the message President Trump has about NATO has been “consistent” with his predecessors.

Trump’s speech this week talked about how “NATO members must finally contribute their fair share and meet their financial obligations, for 23 of the 28 member nations are still not paying what they should be paying and what they’re supposed to be paying for their defense.”

He was also criticized for not publicly standing by Article 5––”an attack on one is an attack on all”––in his remarks.

Mattis sat down with CBS’ John Dickerson for an interview on Face the Nation, and in a preview released tonight, Dickerson asked if he’s worried about Trump’s call for NATO members to pay up potentially backfiring.

“Having been a NATO officer, under President Bush and President Obama,” Mattis responded, “and then having been back there in Brussels representing the Department of Defense under President Trump… this is a consistent message that we have given the NATO nations.”

He said that “if you want to take something out of it you’ve got to put something into it” and so Trump’s message is “consistent with both prior Republican and Democrat administrations.”

Watch above, via CBS.

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