As always, Trump is showing his total disregard of facts on Twitter. In a bizarre tweet repeating his theme that Europe should spend more on their own defense, but should not form their own military alliance that would necessitate doing exactly that, he got absolutely everything wrong.
The idea of a European Military didn’t work out too well in W.W. I or 2. But the U.S. was there for you, and always will be. All we ask is that you pay your fair share of NATO. Germany is paying 1% while the U.S. pays 4.3% of a much larger GDP – to protect Europe. Fairness!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 8, 2018
And no, the United States does not spend 4.3% of GDP to defend Europe, that is the total of all the military spending we do every year. Does he think our troops in South Korea are there to defend Europe? Does he think we went to war in Afghanistan to defend Europe? You’d think that if he favors Europe paying more for their own defense, he’d be in favor of them forming their own joint military alliance. But he doesn’t. Why? Because he views this as a protection racket, consistent with his view of the president as a mafia boss. You pay us and we’ll protect you. This isn’t speculation, he’s said it over and over again.
It is absolutely an embarrassment to have a president this ignorant and irrational in office.