Mattis Warns Europe: Start Paying For Your Own Defense, or US Will 'Moderate' Its NATO Spending
Trump's defense secretary puts Europe on notice
Defense Secretary James Mattis has informed Europe of the new "political reality" in the United States: If Europe is so terrified of Russia, it will have to pay its fair share of the saber-rattling expenditures.
A remarkable turn of events, especially since Trump is now considered a Kremlin agent at home:
The US defence secretary has told America’s Nato allies that they must honour military spending pledges to ensure the US does not “moderate” its support for the alliance.
“I owe it to you to give you clarity on the political reality in the United States, and to state the fair demand from my country’s people in concrete terms,” said General James Mattis during closed door talks in Brussels, where he was speaking on his first visit to Europe since taking up his job.
“America will meet its responsibilities, but if your nations do not want to see America moderate its commitment to this alliance, each of your capitals needs to show support for our common defence.”
BREAKING: Pentagon chief Mattis tells NATO allies to increase defense spending by year's end or US will `moderate its commitment'— The Associated Press (@AP)February 15, 2017
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