>> Their first meeting since the US election, NATO's Foreign Ministers in Brussels for an annual Summit. But, one subject hangs large, Donald Trump, and what his tough talk about the alliance means for its future. Reuters EU Diplomatic Correspondent, Robin Emmott.>> The talk is of a transatlantic bond.
The European allies are really trying to pull the US closer. But the real truth is that nobody really knows what Donald Trump's foreign policy is likely to be and how he will approach NATO.>> Trump openly criticized NATO on the campaign trail for what he perceives as a disproportionate contribution from the US.
NATO's Secretary General has insisted the alliance is stronger than ever. President Obama's top diplomat, John Kerry, playing damage control.>> We need to come together to make sure there's a strong Europe, a strong NATO, and that the values and the interests that we all share we are continuing to work on together.
>> Some ministers have called for increased military spending to offset Trump's concerns.>> On the other end of the scale you have Italy which is going through a political crisis now and has a very tight budget. Is Italy in a position to dramatically increase defense spending? I really don't think so.
>> There is one sign Trump may be softening his stance, seeking retired general James Mattis as Defense Secretary. Military elites, including Trump critics like former CIA Director Leon Panetta have praised Mattis's nomination as one that would adhere to the alliance.