Trump’s Attack on Our Allies Continues, and It Has Not Gone Unnoticed

Trump’s Attack on Our Allies Continues, and It Has Not Gone Unnoticed July 12, 2018

Donald Trump is a menace.

I’ve lived through presidencies that I disagreed with – in the case of the Obama presidency, disagreed with INTENSELY.

At no time, however, have I felt our nation was in true danger of losing its sovereignty, as well as its soul. I’ve certainly never felt that way about a Republican president. Our nation was always in better hands with a Republican at the helm.

No doubt, had Republican voters chose more wisely in the primary season of 2015-2016, I’d still have the same notions about what party was best suited to lead this country.  I was a Republican for over 30 years before the party lost its mind and allowed a corrupt, Manhattan derelict, con artist and liar to become the face of the GOP.

Now it seems whether Republican or Democrat, they’re both just opposite sides of the same filthy coin.

Trump met with our NATO allies in Brussels on Wednesday. It was a train wreck, with our president attempting to bully the other representatives there over what he sees as a failure to pay their “fair share.”

Trump has berated members of the alliance for failing to spend enough of their money on defense, accusing Europe of freeloading off the U.S. and raising doubts about whether he would come to members’ defense if they were attacked.

Trump said he made his anger clear to allies on Wednesday.

“Yesterday I let them know that I was extremely unhappy with what was happening,” Trump said, adding that, in response, European countries agreed to up their spending.

“They are going to up it to levels like they have never though it before,” he said. He did not specify which countries had committed to what

To be clear, the United States pays a little over 3 percent of our GDP to NATO. The target of 2 percent of each nation’s GDP is a guideline, but not a requirement, and anything over that 2 percent is voluntary.

Each nation is expected to consider their budget and their defense spending, and are encouraged to meet the 2 percent goal.

That is, encouraged, but not required.

Last year, 22 of the 28 partner nations of NATO increased their defense spending.

Trump’s attacks didn’t stop after Wednesday. He resumed his efforts to weaken our alliances.

In a series of tweets from Brussels, Trump said “Presidents have been trying unsuccessfully for years to get Germany and other rich NATO Nations to pay more toward their protection from Russia.”

He complained the United States “pays tens of Billions of Dollars too much to subsidize Europe” and demanded that member nations meet their pledge to spend 2 percent of GDP on defense, which “must ultimately go to 4%!”

Trump has taken an aggressive tone during the NATO summit, questioning the value of an alliance that has defined decades of American foreign policy, torching an ally and proposing a massive increase in European defense spending.

In particular, President Trump seems to have targeted the nation of Germany for his most pointed attacks, mainly because of a gas pipeline deal between Germany and Russia.

During the trip, Trump has questioned the necessity of the alliance that formed a bulwark against Soviet aggression, tweeting after a day of contentious meetings: “What good is NATO if Germany is paying Russia billions of dollars for gas and energy?”

He demanded that NATO countries “Must pay 2% of GDP IMMEDIATELY, not by 2025” and then rattled them further by privately suggesting member nations should spend 4 percent of their gross domestic product on defense — a bigger share than even the United States currently pays, according to NATO statistics.

Thursday morning, Trump and those committed to repeating everything Trump says, as if it has any relationship to truth, are saying the NATO partners have agreed to up their spending. As it is with Trump, at all times, it’s best to just wait.

See?

As it is, Trump lying isn’t anything new or unusual. He does it as an unconscious reflex, like breathing.

Unfortunately, this isn’t just reality TV. It is very likely “scripted,” however, and we should all be concerned about the script writer.

Julia Davis, who runs the Russian Media Monitor website reported earlier Thursday of the discussion on Russian television’s version of “60 Minutes.”

Tatyana Parkhalina, the president of the Association for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation was a guest, and made this stunning observation about Trump and the NATO summit:

“I never thought I’d live to see this!” she exclaimed, according to Davis’ translation. “Neither the USSR nor Russia, who tried many times to drive the wedge between transatlantic allies, but Washington is doing everything to break down the foundations of transatlantic alliance and unity.”

Not just Washington, but Trump, specifically.

But we’re not supposed to consider that he might be compromised?

 

 

 

 

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  • IllinoisPatriot

    I’ve asked this question before, but I think it’s appropriate to ask it again:

    If Trump HAS BEEN compromised by Russia and IS NOW working as a Russian Agent to sabotage America’s standing in the world and to weaken America Economically, Culturally, Militarily, and Spiritually, what would Trump be doing differently than he has been since his GOP nomination ?

    – Would Trump have NOT attacked the courts by claiming they have no jurisdiction or judicial overview of his Executive Orders ?
    – Would Trump have NOT attacked Congresscritters that criticize him, thereby driving wedges into the cracks within the GOP ?
    – Would Trump have NOT attacked the Media and attempted to delegitimize the Press in favor of the partisan propaganda put out by the WH ?
    – Would Trump have NOT continued to antagonize the segments of the population that refused to bow to his (questionable) “leadership” ?
    – Would Trump have NOT attacked “NeverTrump” ?
    – Would Trump have NOT attacked the House Freedom Caucus conservatives ?
    – Would Trump have NOT singled out, isolated, and personally attacked individual media reporters, Congresscritters, private citizens & businesses that spoke out against his “state-sponsored truth” ?
    – Would Trump have NOT implemented tariffs after being cautioned that doing so COULD (and most likely WOULD) eliminate any good done by the GOP “tax cut” legislation ?
    – Would Trump have decided to apply and support Russian sanctions instead of the actions he took to deny, delay, or lift sanctions imposed by Congress on the Russians ?
    – Would Trump have NOT decided to unilaterally violate the NAFTA treaty and other trade arrangements with our major trading partners, then refuse to negotiate in good faith for replacement agreements ?
    – Would Trump have actually negotiated in good faith with Mexico and Canada instead of insulting them and making demands that he KNEW their leaders could not accept (Mexico pay for Trump’s wall, Canada pay tariffs and fees not included in NAFTA as well as limit their trade based on Trump’s whim alone.)
    – Would Trump have NOT gone to Korea and meet with Kim Jong Un without preconditions and without gaining any tangible or quantifiable committments in exchange for giving Kim NK’s long-time desire to end US wargames, meet with NK as equals, and to pull out US troops from SK ?
    – Would Trump have NOT attempted (including attempts to use illegal means) to shut down the ONLY independent probe into his and his campaign actions that have featured SO MANY Russians and SO MANY indictments to date ? Would Trump have allowed that probe to play out without interference from his Twitter account of official office ?

    All the above are actions Trump has taken while SUPPOSEDLY being Pro-America or “America-First” and SUPPOSEDLY being aware of global politics – including that Russia is NOT a friend to the US, that Russia has almost always taken positions at the UN diametrically opposed to those of the US, and that Russia is almost always on the opposite side of any military shooting conflict the US gets involved in. How many of the issues above would be answered differently than what we’ve observed if Trump were a known puppet or agent of the KGB ?

    I cannot think of any…

  • Polarbearpapa

    As to Trump …

    12 An empty-headed person won’t become wise

    any more than a wild donkey can bear a human child.

    Job 11