McConnell breaks with Trump on NATO

McConnell breaks with Trump on NATO

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellLawmakers outline proposals for virtual voting Overnight Health Care: Trump calls report on hospital shortages 'another fake dossier' | Trump weighs freezing funding to WHO | NY sees another 731 deaths | States battle for supplies | McConnell, Schumer headed for clash Phase-four virus relief hits a wall MORE (R-Ky.) broke with President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpCDC updates website to remove dosage guidance on drug touted by Trump Trump says he'd like economy to reopen 'with a big bang' but acknowledges it may be limited Graham backs Trump, vows no money for WHO in next funding bill 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 PenceStates battle each other for equipment in supply chain crunch Watch Live: Trump, White House coronavirus task force press briefing The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump gets new press secretary in latest shake-up MORE on Wednesday said the mission of NATO “will go forward” with the new administration.