(National Sentinel) So Much Winning: Most of the disgustingly dishonest establishment media, the Washington commentariat, the U.S. diplomatic corps and members of Congress were horrified at POTUS Donald Trump’s ‘treatment’ of our NATO allies during last week’s summit in Brussels, Belgium.
They could hardly believe their eyes and ears when he called out Germany’s Angela Merkel over her decision to build a natural gas pipeline exclusively with Russia, the very country the U.S.-dominated NATO is supposed to be defending against.
They hated his brash demand that NATO pikers pony up more cash to better provide for their own defense.
They recoiled as he pointed out again and again that the American taxpayers are contributing the lion’s share to Europe’s defense, even as some European nations and NATO members demand the U.S. military increase its presence on the continent.
And all of this while trade between the U.S. and EU members remains completely out of whack and in Europe’s favor — something global economists and experts say he is correct in trying to fix.
In a Thursday op-ed from The New York Times editorial board, they wrote that Trump got everything from NATO that Obama (and previous presidents) wanted and sometimes demanded — but never got.
Here’s the money nub:
Now that the smoke has cleared from the NATO summit meeting, the most tangible result is apparent: President Trump advanced President Barack Obama’s initiative to keep the allies on track to shoulder a more equitable share of NATO’s costs. Mr. Trump even signed on to a tough statement directed at Russia. For once he saw eye to eye with his predecessor.
Make no mistake, the editorial board chided POTUS Trump for bruising some NATO members’ egos, and they criticized him for hinting the U.S. could withdraw from the alliance if members’ spending levels don’t rise at least to the level they agreed upon when they joined.
The board also tried to praise Obama for this and that, claiming that he secured a pledge from NATO countries to increase their spending in 2014 after Russia took the Crimea. Fine. But securing a pledge and actually seeing NATO countries increase their spending are two different things. Most didn’t. And even then they had only pledged to ramp up spending to 2 percent of their respective GDP by 2024.
Trump has insisted the spending increases take place long before 2024 because the threat Russia poses is in the here and now.
But overall, the paper gave the president huge credit for pointing out imbalances that have long existed and calling on NATO members, in a very public forum, to do more to defend themselves as revisionist Russia continues to modernize its military and expand its presence and influence along the alliance’s perimeter.
Yet another Trump accomplishment that’s been drowned out by the perpetually triggered media and Left-wing commentariat.
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