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Sources: Mattis Says NATO Summit ‘One of the Most Productive’ He Has Ever Attended
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told members of Congress in a private meeting this week that the recent NATO summit was “one of the most productive” he has ever attended.
The comment came during a breakfast on Wednesday with a group of Republican and Democrat members of Congress, according to sources familiar with the meeting.
Chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana White, when asked if that was in line with his thinking, responded, “Definitely.”
The private comments contradict how the NATO summit has been broadly portrayed in the mainstream news media. Reports portrayed Trump as having accomplished little other than upsetting allies and weakening the military alliance.
“NATO is still reeling from the president’s blunt-force attack on the decades-old military alliance,” Vanity Fair reported a day after it ended.
Mattis attended last week’s NATO summit with President Trump, along with National Security Adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. All kept a low profile during the summit, which was for the heads of state of NATO members and partners.
At the beginning of the summit, Trump criticized members, particularly Germany, for not spending enough for its own defense. NATO members in 2002 pledged to spend a minimum of two percent of their gross domestic product on their defense budget, and in 2014, pledged to meet that goal by 2024.