First it was the top Republicans now even Trump’s cabinet members are turning on him.
In fact, United States Secretary of Defense and retired U.S. General James Mattis went against President Trump, while speaking Thursday to the question of how the nations that are members of NATO ought to view and deal with Russia.
The problem is that Trump’s view of Russia continues to be one of nonchalant dismissal of the nation’s aggression. However, Mattis, while speaking at NATO headquarters called out Russia for its history of interfering in democratic elections around the world.
NATO asked Mattis, “What does Russia need to stop doing for the United States to work with it… can you trust the Russians?”
Mattis then replied:
‘I think the point about Russia is that they have to live by international law, just like we expect of all mature nations on this planet… we will engage politically… we are not in a position right now to elaborate on a military level… Russia is going to have to prove itself first and live up to the commitments of the Russia/ NATO agreement.’
One member of the NATO audience asked Mattis if he believed that the Russians interfered in the U.S. election.
Mattis replied, “There is very little doubt that they have either interfered or attempted to interfere in a number of elections in the democracies.”
Mattis clearly acknowledged the existence of the mountains of evidence against Russia implicating them in the 2016 cyberattacks on the Democratic Party.
How furious is Trump going to be about his own cabinet turning on him?