Trump invites his top advisers and security team to the White House soon after taking the oath to office. Mattis presents plans for a SEAL Team Six operation against a senior Al Qaeda collaborator in Yemen (Woodward 74). Impressed, Trump signs the order but the raid goes wrong leaving one SEAL dead, three wounded and many more civilian casualties. Trump duly attends the Navy Seal’s funeral but is ignored by the deceased’s parents (Woodward 75). Despite that, Trump invites Carryn Owens, the soldiers’ widow to a joint address to Congress. He affirms that the mission was a success and the nation acquired a large amount of intelligence that will help the country in the future. Therefore, he acknowledges Ryan Owen’s death as one of a hero, as he died for his friends and for his country (Woodward 76).
Trump has been dealing with the problem of NATO since the campaign trail. He made a promise that the US would get out of the treaty and subsequent obligations. He appears to be particularly passionate about this as most of the other member nations are not paying the required 2 percent of their GDP. To him, it is unfair that the US is paying more to help those lagging behind (Woodward 77). However, his adviser does not think it is a good idea. Therefore, Priebus sets up a dinner meeting for the cabinet to discuss the issue. Mattis and General Joseph Dunford then cite their concerns about the treaty, thus convincing Trump to remain in NATO (Woodward 79).