He recognizes that what he does is actually creates hostility against his people. "We are seeing a continued effort around those lines".
Mattis said that Russia's aggression against Ukraine at sea, when the Russians opened fire on Ukrainian ships and captured their crew, highlights the reason why the worldwide community is more and more suspicious of Moscow.
US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said on Saturday that Russian Federation tried to meddle in the US midterm elections last month - just as it did in the 2016 vote that brought President Donald Trump to power.
Secretary of Defense James Mattis said Saturday he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin again tried to meddle in US elections.
Russian forces opened fire on Ukrainian naval vessels last weekend and seized them and their crew near Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014.
In regards to the importance of the USA military presence in Afgahnistan, Secretary Mattis has said "If we leave, with 20-odd of the most unsafe terrorist groups in the world centered in that region, we know what will happen".
Trump will terminate NAFTA to press Dems into approving new trade deal
Trump agreed to suspend the imposition of new tariffs on Chinese goods for 90 days while both sides negotiate. The move will give Congress six months to accept that new agreement or revert to pre-NAFTA trade rules.
China agrees to 'reduce and remove' tariffs on United States cars
Critically, that includes the previously slated January 1 increase from 10 to 25 per cent on some US$200 billion in Chinese goods. As more careful practitioners of the English language would note, "reduce" and "remove" are two different things.
Qatar takes a swipe at Riyadh on leaving Opec
Qatar has pulled out of Opec, the group of 15 of the world's leading oil producers, to focus on enlarging its gas industry. Analysts are expecting OPEC to announce a supply cut of 1-1.4 million barrels per day (bpd) on December 6.
During the forum, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Russian Federation will continue to undermine its neighbors, but also the United States in order to project its strength.
Mattis also asserted that Russian Federation had interfered in the November midterm elections for Congress, though he gave no details nor provided any further evidence. The White House on Saturday said Trump, however, did have an "informal" conversation with the Russian president.
"Mr. Putin clearly comes tight".
While Trump spoke briefly with Putin on the sidelines of the summit, he chose to cancel the two leaders' formal meeting.
"Ludicrous; Washington parlor game", Pompeo said in a CNN interview at the G-20 meeting when asked whether Trump was motivated to cancel the meeting by Cohen's guilty plea.