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.
According to People in the room, Mattis said:
“I think the very fact that people stopped going just through a set timeline, and stopped to actually talk about fundamental issues, levels of commitment of national treasury, of commitments of forces. What happened — it has — it’s almost like it washes away all the veneer and people really talked about where they stand.”
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.
Reporters portrayed Trump as having accomplished little other than upsetting allies and weakening the military alliance.
Secretary Mattis Slammed Vanity Fair and dismissed their reporting as “fiction.” after they said
“NATO is still reeling from the president’s blunt-force attack on the decades-old military alliance,”
NBC News reported that Pentagon leadership had directed military leaders to do “damage control” just hours after Trump left Brussels, which Mattis also said it was Incorrect reporting.
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