According to German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, which is a contradiction of what Trump's incoming Defense Minister Gen James Mattis said. In a Senate confirmation hearing last week, Gen Mattis stated that NATO was very central to America's defense. At the hearing, he also accused Russia of trying to break the NATO alliance.
"This is in contradiction with what the American Defense Minister said in his conference in Washington only some days ago, and we have to see what will be the consequences for American policy." Said German's Foreign Minister
In a different turn of events, Trump stated that NATO had become obsolete as members, apart from the US, were not contributing their fair share which he said was unfair to America. NATO as currently constituted has a membership of 28 countries. Member countries contribute to NATO, according to an agreed cost-share formula based on their Gross National Income, which is a small percentage of each member's defense budget.
"I took such heat when I said NATO was obsolete," Trump told The Times of London in an interview. "It's outdated because it wasn't taking care of terror. I took a lot of heat for two days. And then they started saying Trump is right."
According to Russia's news agency Interfax, a spokesman for the government said that Russia agreed with Mr. Trump's evaluation of NATO, that it had become obsolete.