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Wed Jul 11, 2018, 04:30 PM

At NATO, Trump lashes out at allies and then asks them to double their defense spending goals

Source: The Washington Post



By Michael Birnbaum and Seung Min Kim
July 11 at 3:59 PM

BRUSSELS — President Trump ripped into NATO allies on Wednesday, slamming Germany for its dependence on Russian energy and demanding that nations double their military spending commitments.

European diplomats have been worried about continued U.S. support for NATO. But even as Trump hit allies, he also signed on to efforts to strengthen the alliance against the Kremlin and other rivals, as well as a statement that the alliance does not accept Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea.

On spending, Trump insisted in a closed-door meeting of NATO leaders that the alliance increase its defense targets to 4 percent of each country’s gross domestic product — more than what the United States channels toward its military. It was not clear whether he was serious about a new standard or whether he was using the number as a negotiating tactic to edge overall spending higher and get European nations to pay more.

The push came hours after Trump smashed Germany for “being captive to Russia” because it imports much of its natural gas from Russia. That tirade, over breakfast with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, was rare in its bitterness.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/trump-says-germanyis-captive-to-russia-in-fiery-opening-salvo-against-nato/2018/07/11/56aa7174-7f0a-11e8-a63f-7b5d2aba7ac5_story.html

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Reply At NATO, Trump lashes out at allies and then asks them to double their defense spending goals (Original post)
DonViejo Jul 2018 OP
sandensea Jul 2018 #1
Crutchez_CuiBono Jul 2018 #3
sandensea Jul 2018 #5
Crutchez_CuiBono Jul 2018 #7
Crutchez_CuiBono Jul 2018 #2
PatSeg Jul 2018 #4
thegoose Jul 2018 #6
PoorMonger Jul 2018 #8
turbinetree Jul 2018 #9

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 04:36 PM

1. Europe: "Fuck you very much, Monsieur Trump."

"Excuse my French."

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Response to sandensea (Reply #1)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 04:38 PM

3. Are repubs still

eating Freedom Fries? Or are they all over that now?

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Response to Crutchez_CuiBono (Reply #3)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 04:43 PM

5. Not sure.

Sounds like they've decided to make the fries fracas a no-go zone.

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Response to sandensea (Reply #5)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 05:05 PM

7. fries...fracas....phtphtphthahahahaha

omg.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 04:37 PM

2. And says...

I'l quit fussing if you buy gas from us instead...a half world away.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 04:42 PM

4. Trump is behaving like

the cheating spouse who starts a fight for no real reason, just to distract attention from his own infidelities.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 04:57 PM

6. Oh, for fuck's sake

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 05:07 PM

8. Yeah

Another move by a real master negotiator

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 05:08 PM

9. Blackmail is still blackmail...................the traitor will not stop there if they do it

he is not a friend...................he is fucking malignant narcissistic psychopathic liar and sexual predator.................and traitor.......................and needs to be called what he is.................a fucking traitor..............


November cannot get here fast enough.......................vote

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