Typical Donald Trump…
Be the bully….
Laugh at everyone in the room….
Lets get something straight….
America DOES have the biggest military….
Trump is sticking that in the eye of the NATO countries….
As other American President’s have done?
He’s demanding that the Europeans carry more of the load for their defense….
But unlike others?
He’s parading it in public to humiliate the other leaders….
And make himself look ‘Strong’….
President Trump threw the annual NATO summit into crisis Thursday — forcing an emergency session and suggesting the United States could leave the nearly 70-year-old alliance — before switching positions and claiming victory.
As the summit closed, the president held an unexpected news conference, taking credit for having secured firmer commitments from all 28 other member nations to increase their spending on defense.
Other leaders, however, denied that NATO members had made any significantly new commitments to spending beyond what they’d agreed to in 2014, under some pressure from President Obama.
French President Emmanuel Macron, in his own closing news conference, said NATO members had made no new commitments. He also said that Trump “never at any moment, either in public or in private, threatened to withdraw from NATO.”
Trump at NATO’s close cast himself as a savior in a crisis of his own making. Yet in declaring victory and agreeing to sign a closing declaration — emphasizing joint defense against Russia — Trump avoided the debacle that he made of last month’s summit of the Group of 7 industrialized powers in Canada. There, as he flew off, he tweeted his withdrawal from the summit’s final statement and hurled insults at host Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister, for his perceived slights….
Despite the Trump noise?
Things got done at the meeting….
The first set of statements are deeply divisive and call Trump’s commitment to NATO into question. Germany is hardly controlled by Moscow, allies don’t owe the U.S. any money and even the U.S. doesn’t spend 4% of GDP on defense. These are all statements designed to undermine NATO.