Trump came out punching ahead of NATO‘s annual summit, accusing a close US ally of being “a captive of Russia.”
Talk about hypocrisy (which seems to be a GOP hallmark) after the NATO meeting Trump will hold a summit with Putin. Trump said yesterday as he left the White House.
“I have NATO, I have the UK, which is in somewhat turmoil, and I have Putin. Frankly, Putin may be the easiest of them all. Who would think? Who would think?“
Trump criticism of Germany came to light during a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, his first of the day. Pointing to German reliance on Russian natural gas,
“Germany is a captive of Russia. It’s very inappropriate. It certainly doesn’t seem to make sense that they paid billions of dollars to Russia and we have to defend them against Russia…“
Trump rejected Stoltenberg’s objections that despite differences, NATO allies protected each other.
“How can you be together when a country is getting its energy from the person you want protection against or from the group that you want protection against?“
Trump singled out Germany for particular criticism as he continued to assail NATO allies for failing to spend 2% of their GDP on defense spending. NATO allies agreed to meet this by 2024, but Trump erased that date as he stepped up his calls for increased defense spending NOW,
“I think these countries have to step it up, not over a 10-year period, but they have to step it up immediately,” Trump said, pointing to Germany in particular as a “rich country” that “could increase (defense spending) immediately tomorrow and have no problem.“
Responding to Trump’s recent criticism European Council President Donald Tusk offered a rebuttal ahead of Trump’s arrival,
“Dear America, appreciate your allies. After all you don’t have that many.
Money is important but generating solidarity is more important.“
Trump’s tweets ahead of his arrival in Belgium sowed even more discord like he did ahead of his arrival at the G7 in Quebec last month. Trump tweeted Tuesday,
“Many countries in NATO, which we are expected to defend, are not only short of their current commitment of 2% (which is low), but are also delinquent for many years in payments that have not been made. Will they reimburse the U.S.?“
You’ve heard the expression “bull in a china shop”? That’s an elegant metaphor. Our POTUS is more like a shit-throwing monkey at a business meeting.
God save us all from this fool.
Many countries in NATO, which we are expected to defend, are not only short of their current commitment of 2% (which is low), but are also delinquent for many years in payments that have not been made. Will they reimburse the U.S.?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2018
(Photo, screen grab; via CNN)