And now Mattis is arrogantly spouting 100% the reverse of Trump!
Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to get his hands on intelligence gathered by the United States in its efforts to fight terrorism.
Defense Secretary James Mattis on Thursday politely, but firmly, declined.
“We are not in a position right now to collaborate on a military level, but our political leaders will engage and try to find common ground or a way forward so that Russia, living up to its commitment, can return to a partnership of sorts here with NATO,” Mattis said while attending NATO meetings in Brussels.
“The point about Russia is they have to live by international law just like we expect all mature nations on this planet to do,” Mattis continued.
“Russia is going to have to prove itself first,” he added.
On Thursday, Mattis was asked about Russian interference in the U.S. elections.
There is “very little doubt that they have either interfered or they have attempted to interfere in a number of elections in the democracies,” Mattis replied, without specifically naming the nations in which Russia interfered.