President Trump started his NATO Summit in Brussels by lecturing its leader on Defense spending and trade.
He went back and forth with Jens Stoltenberg about why other NATO countries were not living up to their agreements to spend 2% of GDP on defense spending AND doing energy deals with Russia.
“We are stronger together,” the NATO Secretary General said to the President. He might have been surprised by the response.
“But how can you be together when you’re getting energy from the group you want protection from?”
The President had tweeted his position earlier so they really shouldn't have been surprised
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
The European Union makes it impossible for our farmers and workers and companies to do business in Europe (U.S. has a $151 Billion trade deficit), and then they want us to happily defend them through NATO, and nicely pay for it. Just doesn’t work!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2018
So is Trump diplomacy better than Establishment diplomacy?
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