U.S. Secretary Of Defense Mattis To Meet With European Leaders To Discuss Security, NATO, And ISIS

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U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis is meeting this week in Denmark with European leaders to strengthen military alliances, discuss European security, the NATO alliance, and co-host a meeting with Danish Minister of Defense Claus Hjort Frederiksen for senior leaders of 15 countries that are key contributors to the ISIS military campaign.

President Trump is scheduled to meet with NATO leaders later this month in Brussels on May 25th which comes after Congress has already secured a $21 billion dollar increase in U.S. defense spending to upgrade the U.S. military and  boost the military campaign to defeat ISIS.

During his presidential campaign, President Trump ruffled some feathers after he called NATO “obsolete,” criticized NATO countries that contribute less than the 2 percent of their GDP towards defense, and suggested that the U.S. may pull back from NATO.

In a March 18th tweet after meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Trump tweeted that “Germany owes vast sums of money to NATO & the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany!”

The German government rejected President Trump’s controversial claim about Germany owing NATO & the United States which wasn’t perceived to be the best way to strengthen ties with the largest country in the European Union and the NATO alliance.

Following President Trump’s March meeting with German Chancellor Merkel, NATO Secretary Jens Stoltenberg met with US Secretary of Defense James Mattis at the Pentagon on March 21st and later held a joint press conference with President Trump on April 12th.

Speaking at the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Sub-Committee on Security and Defense Committee on May 3rd, NATO Secretary Jens Stoltenberg predicted that the upcoming May 25th NATO meeting in Brussels will send “a very strong message about Trans-Atlantic unity,Trans-Atlantic resolve” by convening the meeting with all 29 member leaders together.

NATO Secretary Jens Stoltenberg said that terrorism will be one of the discussed topics along with the training of Afghan forces in Afghanistan, and burden sharing among NATO member countries.

Secretary Stoltenberg admitted that President Trump has given a consistent message that the “United States remains committed to the Transatlantic Bond and to NATO.”

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