>> US Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, will meet his NATO counterparts on Tuesday for the first time since Donald Trump was sworn in. Convening in Brussels, as each country struggles to decode mixed signals from the new US President, Reuters' Diplomatic Correspondent, Robin Emit, is there.>> What's at stake here is the NATO's confidence in itself, can the Americans trust the Europeans?
Can the Europeans trust the new US Administration and from matters? It's all about convincing the Europeans that he speaks for Donald Trump, for the US Administration. And he can say to the Europeans at NATO, yes, we are a 100% behind the alliance.>> NATO consists of 28 states, but of those, only the US, UK, Estonia, Greece, and Poland put the recommended 2% of their GDP into military spending.
Last week, one of Europe's heaviest hitters, Germany, signaled it could be upping its stake. Its defense minister seen here during recent NATO exercises in the Baltics said paying that 2% was a fair demand. Meanwhile, Trump seems to be toning down the rhetoric on his side. The man who famously said that the alliance was obsolete only days before his inauguration, last week saying, he strongly supported NATO.
And retired General Mattis, who began his military career in the middle of the Cold War, called the NATO commitment unshakable on his first day as Secretary.>> There was a lot of criticism of NATO for not doing more. Trump has said it's time for NATO to setup up.
Ministers will want to hear from Mattis, for instance, NATO's already in Afghanistan, it's training Iraqis soldiers. So what more should NATO be doing?>> It's yet to be seen how the other countries react. France for one has previously pledged to increase its military spending, but still bellow that 2% mark.