Donald Trump Refuted That NATO's Purpose is to Help Prevent World War III

Type: Lacks Basic Understanding of ThingsOct 14 2018 Severity:
Targeted: James MattisAbout: NATO
Donald Trump responded simply with "[N]o, it's not true" when asked to respond to Secretary of Defense Mattis' statement that NATO's sole purpose is to help prevent World War III. Trump's position goes against the official position the United States has had for decades concerning the Western Alliance.

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Quote | Secretary of Defense Mattis has explicitly stated that's exactly what NATO is doing.

[Lesley Stahl: Is it true General Mattis said to you, "The reason for NATO and the reason for all these alliances is to prevent World War III?"]

President Donald Trump: "No, it's not true."

Targeted by Trump