James Mattis defends NATO, calls Russia a threat at confirmation hearing

James Mattis defends NATO, calls Russia a threat at confirmation hearing

At his confirmation hearing to become defense secretary Thursday, Retired Gen. James Mattis defended the importance of NATO and called Russia a “principal threat” facing the U.S., CBS reported.

Mattis, who served as NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander of Transformation from 2007 to 2009, called the alliance “the most successful military alliance probably in modern history, maybe ever.” Mattis dodged questions about whether he’s concerned with the president-elect’s criticisms of the alliance, except he said Mr. Trump has “shown himself to be open.”

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