Secretary of Defense James Mattis told NATO allies on Wednesday that they need to contribute more money to the alliance’s common defense if they do not want to see the United States “moderate its commitment.”
Mattis raised the issue of defense spending in a closed-door meeting with senior defense officials from the 28-nation bloc, the New York Post reported. The Pentagon chief was in Brussels meeting with officials from NATO countries.
“I owe it to you all 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,” Mattis said. “America will meet its responsibilities, but if your nations do not want to see America moderate its commitment to the alliance, each of your capitals needs to show its support for our common defense.”
Full article: Mattis: U.S. Could ‘Moderate’ NATO Support if Allies Don’t Pay More (Washington Free Beacon)