>> James Mattis, the face of the Trump Administration's pentagon, giving his NATO allies a strong warning. Honor military spending pledges or the United States may temper it's support for the alliance. That was said during a closed door session at NATO's headquarters in Brussels, his first visit as Secretary of Defense.
Telling his counterparts, America cannot care more for your children's security than you do, according to prepared remarks given to media. He also accused some nations of ignoring threats, including from Russia. Only a handful of NATO's European members spend its recommended 2% of GDP on defense, a shortfall President Trump campaigned on.
Once calling the alliance obsolete. Since then he's cooled off saying he backs NATO. Comments Mattis echoed in public on Wednesday.>> The alliance remains a fundamental bedrock for the United States and for all the Transatlantic community bonded as we are together. As President Trump has stated, he has strong support for NATO.
>> Now European members say they've increased spending by some $10 billion last year. But the NATO Secretary General says more is needed.>> We still have a long way to go. It's not enough. We don't expect all allies to meet the 2% target immediately, but we expect all allies to stop the cuts, and to start to increase defense spending.
>> Trump isn't the only president to have called for spending increases. Predecessor Barack Obama often said the United States borne undue burden. But Trump has been far more assertive and far more unsettling for NATO.