James Mattis on Foreign Policy
Trump's comments on NATO were striking because his nominee for secretary of defense, James N. Mattis, a retired Marine general, described the alliance as essential for Americans' security in testimony to Congress just three days ago.
Asked about Trump's previous criticism of NATO, General Mattis said he had spoken with him about the value of the alliance. "I have had discussions with him on this issue," General Mattis said. "He has shown himself open, even to the point of asking more questions, going deeper into the issue."
Mattis also put daylight between himself and Trump on NATO and indicated strong support for the alliance's principle of collective defense. "My view is that nations with allies thrive, and nations without allies don't," Mattis said.
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