The media was in hysterics over President Trump’s meeting with our NATO allies.
One anonymously sourced article claimed “Trump’s withering criticism… rattled European leaders.”
But Defense Secretary Mattis was having none of it and destroyed their narrative with this simple take down.
NBC News reported the Pentagon led a “full-scale ‘damage control’ operation” across Europe to reassure NATO allies that “America will abide by its defense commitments in the region.”
Secretary Mattis eviscerated the notion and called the report out for what it was: fake news.
The Washington Examiner reports:
“That was fascinating. I love reading fiction,” Mattis said of the report, published by NBC. “So it was — it was stimulating to read it. I find out while I’ve been with you with full transparency on the airplane, you watching what’s going on; that I’ve been in damage control.”
“I must tell you, it must have been the most pleasant damage control in the A-5 I ever could have imagined with the level of unity, of purpose that we experienced there,” he added. “So anyway, people are entitled to their own opinion, even if it’s not fact-based.”
Despite negative press coverage of the summit here in America, European leaders were quick to praise the meeting.
NATO is stronger after our summit. Clear commitments and a reaffirmed unity. https://t.co/F4GFFjl7yP
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) July 12, 2018
— Oana Lungescu (@NATOpress) July 13, 2018
Much of President Trump’s criticism of our allies was intended to get them to honor their commitments to the alliance.
Based on the outcome of the summit, it appears Trump’s tough talk had its desired impact.
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