July, 2016 – “If they fulfill their obligation to us the answer is yes.” Trump, responding to a question about defending NATO allies if Russia should attack them.
And if they were behind in their payments, “Then yes, I would be absolutely prepared to tell those countries, ‘Congratulations, you will be defending yourself.'”
January, 2015 – “It’s obsolete because it wasn’t taking care of terror… A lot of these countries aren’t paying what they’re supposed to be paying, which I think is very unfair to the United States,” Trump said. “With that being said, NATO is very important to me. There’s five countries that are paying what they’re supposed to. Five. It’s not much.”
January, 2015 – “NATO is working but there are things about it that need to change and there are parts of it that are, in the words of Trump, ‘obsolete‘”, Anthony Scaramucci, a hedge fund manager who is joining Trump’s White House staff as an adviser, told an audience at the World Economic Forum (WEF).
January, 2015 – “If we did not have NATO today we would need to create it,” General Mattis, Trump’s Secretary of Defence nominee said, explaining in a written questionnaire that he believes the alliance “must harness renewed political will to confront and walk back aggressive Russian actions and other threats to the security of its members.”
“My view is that nations with allies thrive and nations without allies don’t,” General Mattis said.
“I’m confident that the president-elect expects us to live up to our word to include NATO in Article V,” Mattis said, referencing the collective defense clause in the NATO treaty.
January, 2017 –
Rex Tillerson, Trump nominee for Secretary of State in response to Senator Todd Young who asked if the US should defend a NATO member country from Russian invasion called the Article 5 commitment “inviolable” and said the US would stand by it.
In response to a clarifying question about Article 5 of the NATO agreement creating a binding obligation for the US to assist any member who is a victim of aggression regardless of their size or geographic location?” Tillerson responded, “Yes, sir, I do.”