US Secretary of Defence, Jim Mattis, has been meeting defence ministers at NATO in Brussels.
It was a delicate appointment for Mattis following Trump’s campaign criticisms of the alliance, particularly those members that failed to meet spending commitments.
Mattis took a duel approach, he reassured NATO that the US was committed to the alliance, while at the same time intimating that America may well link contributions to what other nations spend, he said:“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.”
jensstoltenberg</a> welcomes US <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SecDef?src=hash">#SecDef</a> Mattis to <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NATO?src=hash">#NATO</a>: "A strong NATO is good for Europe; a strong NATO is good for North America." 🇺🇸 <a href="https://t.co/4FmQAOofV8">pic.twitter.com/4FmQAOofV8</a></p>— Dylan P. White (dylanpwhite) February 15, 2017
The United States, Britain, Poland, Greece, and Estonia are ‘already meeting the 2 percent target,’ while Latvia, Lithuania, and Romania are getting close.