Donald Trump decided at the beginning of his presidency that the United States would stay in NATO, but Defense Secretary Jim Mattis would act as a "rent collector," according to the new book by the legendary Watergate reporter, Bob Woodward.
At an emergency meeting in February 2017 to discuss whether the US UU They were "inside or outside" the organization, Trump supposedly told Mattis: "You can have your NATO."
According to the book, entitled "Fear: Trump in the White House," the last-minute meeting was convened to resolve NATO policy before a keynote address by Mattis in Munich a week later.
The book says that Trump insisted on talking about the gossip of the day until dessert when former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said: "We really have to deal with this NATO problem."
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At an emergency meeting in February 2017, Trump and his aides debated whether the United States should stay in NATO.
Mattis (pictured) supposedly told Trump that you can have your NATO & # 39; after he came out in favor of staying in the alliance
Trump and his advisors discussed the pros and cons of NATO membership, and the president argued: "If you did not have NATO, you would have to invent it." There is no way that Russia can win a war if it confronts NATO. "
But retired General Keith Kellogg, the chief of staff of the National Security Council, argued that NATO was "obsolete" and American allies were "using."
Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law also had his voice, arguing that the United States was losing "cents in dollars" in support of the alliance.
Mattis argued severely in favor of the membership and said he was confident that Germany would meet its goal of spending two percent of GDP on defense.
Finally, Trump capitulated, according to the book, telling Mattis that the United States would support NATO but that its allies must pay.
The president's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who was also present at the dinner, said that EE. UU He was losing "cents on the dollar" with his membership
He told Mr. Mattis: "You can have your NATO. But you become the rent collector.
According to reports, Mattis laughed and nodded.
The new and explosive book by Woodward, seen by The Telegraph, also states that Trump was about to declare war on North Korea with a tweet in early 2018.
It was said that Trump had been "frightened" & # 39; to Mattis with the proposed tweet ordering military dependents from the United States, thousands of relatives of 28,500 soldiers, to leave South Korea.
It was said that Trump proposed the tweet even though a prominent figure in North Korea's politburo had already told them that any evacuation would be interpreted in Pyongyang as a precursor to the military attack.
Knowing that, Trump's tweet would be a declaration war and could have caused Kim to attack South Korea. The tweet was never sent.
The legendary Watergate's new book reported that Bob Woodward claims that Trump was also on the verge of declaring war on North Korea with a tweet earlier this year.
Woodward's book has been criticized by the president, and Trump says: "I'm not talking about the way they cite me."