McConnell breaks with Trump on NATO

McConnell breaks with Trump on NATO

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellKavanaugh hailed by conservative gathering in first public speech since confirmation Overnight Defense: Erdoğan gets earful from GOP senators | Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract decision in court | Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families On The Money: Trump appeals to Supreme Court to keep tax returns from NY prosecutors | Pelosi says deal on new NAFTA 'imminent' | Mnuchin downplays shutdown threat | Trump hits Fed after Walmart boasts strong earnings MORE (R-Ky.) broke with President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpButtigieg surges ahead of Iowa caucuses Biden leads among Latino Democrats in Texas, California Kavanaugh hailed by conservative gathering in first public speech since confirmation MORE’s position on NATO Wednesday, calling Russia “a big problem” in an interview with McClatchy.

McConnell’s comments come just days after Trump continued his criticism of the alliance, calling it “obsolete” in an interview with a German newspaper.

But McConnell said the alliance “is the most important military alliance in world history and is more important than it ever was.”

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Trump criticized NATO during his presidential campaign, saying the United States would help its allies “if they fulfill their obligations to us.”

Vice President-elect Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceRNC to host winter meetings at Trump's Doral resort Two dead, at least four others hospitalized in Southern California high school shooting Human rights: Help or hindrance to toppling dictators? MORE on Wednesday said the mission of NATO “will go forward” with the new administration.