Tillerson breaks with Trump on defending America's NATO allies

Rex Tillerson broke with President-elect Donald Trump, who nominated him for secretary of state, on whether the US would fulfill its commitments to defend its NATO allies.

Trump suggested during his campaign that, as president, he would only defend NATO allies "if they fulfill their obligations" to the US. He has also discussed the need for US allies to contribute more to their own defense.

Sen. Rob Portman questioned Tillerson, the former Exxon Mobil CEO, on this issue during his Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday.

"That security umbrella we've provided since World War II has kept...
9 Published By - Business Insider - 2017.01.11. 20:24
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