UPDATED 7:08 PM PT — Mon. Oct. 22, 2018
James Mattis agrees with President Trump on the idea of pulling out of a nuclear treaty relationship with Russia.
The secretary of defense and President Trump are aligned on the issue, according to the Pentagon.
Spokesman Colonel Rob Manning told reporters, Mattis has consistently pointed out Russia is not in compliance with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty.
Manning also said Mattis is in close contact with the president on this issue.
Mattis told NATO defense ministers earlier this month if Russia didn’t return to compliance with the INF treaty, the U.S. would need to respond.
President trump told reporters Saturday he wanted to withdraw from the three decade old treaty, saying Russia has been in violation of the INF treaty for many years.
Russia continues to deny any violations.