Mattis: NATO members must boost defense spending or US will “moderate its commitment”

Source: Fox News

“U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday issued a sharp ultimatum to NATO Wednesday, telling allies they must start increasing defense spending by year’s end or the Trump administration will ‘moderate its commitment’ to them. He did not detail what the United States might do if NATO members failed to fall in line. Echoing a demand made repeatedly by President Donald Trump, Mattis said NATO must adopt a plan this year that sets milestone dates for governments to meet a military funding goal of 2 percent of gross domestic product. The Pentagon chief called it a ‘fair demand’ based on the ‘political reality’ in Washington.” [editor’s note: Should this bear watching, as part of a withdrawal of troops?- SAT] (02/15/17)