Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Friday called NBC News’ report that said the Pentagon was in “damage-control” mode to reassure NATO allies after President Trump’s visit “fiction.”
Mattis, during a press gaggle on the way to Oslo, Norway, brought up the report, which claimed that “hours” after Trump departed NATO, U.S. military leaders embarked on a “full-scale” damage-control operation across Europe, Breitbart reports.
The NBC article that SOD Mattis called, “fiction”:
WASHINGTON — Hours after President Donald Trump departed NATO headquarters Thursday, U.S. military leaders embarked on a full-scale “damage control” operation with calls to their counterparts across Europe to reassure them that America will abide by its defense commitments in the region.
The Pentagon-led effort was meant to counter Trump’s withering criticism about the security alliance that rattled European leaders.
“One thing you need in this alliance is predictability,” one diplomatic official said.
The direct conversations were aimed at “reinforcing alliance commitments,” after Trump “made it clear alliance commitments were on the table,” according to one U.S. official familiar with the discussions.
NBC News has also reported recently that Mattis was increasingly “isolated” within the White House. Shortly afterward, Mattis said he was working closely with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and had lunch with the president at least twice before going with him to the summit.
“That was fascinating. I love reading fiction, so it was stimulating to read it, I find out that while I’ve been with you in full transparency on the airplane with you watching what’s going on that I’ve been in damage control.
It must have been the most pleasant damage control [I] ever could have imagined with the level of unity of purpose that we experienced there. So anyway, people are entitled to their own opinion, even if it’s not facts-based.” ~ SOD Mattis
Anyone who keeps an eye on NBC news knows that they are liberal and very anti-Trump and anti-conservative.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.