President Donald Trump is set to meet Wednesday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, hours after he publicly claimed that the longtime U.S. ally is “totally controlled” by and “captive to Russia.” … Trump fumed during a Wednesday meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg that a Russian natural gas pipeline project in Germany is “very inappropriate” as he criticized European countries’ contributions to the mutual-defense alliance. [Associated Press]
MAYBE WATCHING a military parade with the Queen will help President Trump get over his ignorant grievances against NATO.
According to former ambassador Nicholas Burns, NATO allies have increased their military budgets four straight years in a row. This means that most of these allies will be at 2% of GDP on their NATO defense spending by 2024.
What power could the U.S. deploy overseas without our NATO allies?
Ramstein, Incirlik, Aviano Air Bases, and the naval bases in Italy and Spain are the front lines to our deployments across the Middle East, and Afghanistan.
Our allies in the places where these bases are maintained pay the U.S. $2.5 billion to keep our bases there, according to Burns, and others.
The petulant American president doesn’t seem to grasp that our troops can’t be laid off, fired, or otherwise dispensed.
As for Germany’s pipeline deal with Russia, the U.S. isn’t the only NATO ally upset about it.
Trump cannot disagree without a tantrum.
“Germany is totally controlled by Russia.” – President Trump
The president sounds like a jilted lover.
Maybe his private meeting with Vladimir on Monday will soothe The Donald’s anger.
Never mind that he’s disgraced the United States, and disrespected allies that were there for us after 9/11.
Secretary Mike Pompeo ignored his boss, and the United States Senate stood beside our NATO allies.
The nonbinding motion, which came as the Senate voted to reconcile its version of the annual defense policy bill with that of the House, expresses the Senate’s support for NATO and calls on negotiators to reaffirm the U.S. commitment to it. The 97-2 vote in the Senate comes as Trump heads to Brussels. He will also travel to the United Kingdom and meet one-on-one with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki during his trip. [The Hill]
.@NATO is the most successful alliance in history. All #NATO allies have committed to extending this success through increased defense spending, deterrence and defense, and fighting terrorism. Weakness provokes; strength and cohesion protects. This remains our bedrock belief. pic.twitter.com/zDmTVZkEgp
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) July 11, 2018