Coward Trump Waits Till He Gets Back To D.C. To Torch Our Allies And NATO


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Trump torches allies, threatens NATO pullout after tense WWI memorial trip to Paris

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French President Emmanuel Macron openly rebuked US President Donald Trump’s political philosophy in Paris over the weekend.
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  • President Donald Trump, upon returning home from a World War I memorial event in Paris, unloaded on the US’s European allies and appeared to threaten to pull out of NATO.
  • French President Emmanuel Macron was critical of Trump’s leadership and politics during the Paris trip and floated the idea of forming a European army that would in part defend the continent from the US.
  • Trump called the idea “very insulting” and returned to his old talking points challenging NATO.
  • Trump said he told US allies in Paris that US protectorship of European countries amid trade deficits could not continue.

President Donald Trump on Monday unloaded on the US’s European allies, and appeared to threaten to pull out of NATO, upon returning home from a World War I memorial event in Paris, where French President Emmanuel Macron openly rebuked Trump’s political philosophy in a speech on Sunday.

Trump returned to his old talking points— that the US is treated unfairly within NATO while maintaining trade deficits with those countries — as Macron talked up the idea of a European army that would in part serve to protect the continent from the US.

Macron floated the idea before Trump’s trip, and Trump described it as “very insulting.”

“Just returned from France where much was accomplished in my meetings with World Leaders,” Trump tweeted on Monday morning.

“Never easy bringing up the fact that the U.S. must be treated fairly, which it hasn’t, on both Military and Trade,” he continued. “We pay for LARGE portions of other countries military protection, hundreds of billions of dollars, for the great privilege of losing hundreds of billions of dollars with these same countries on trade.”

Trump typically condemns any kind of trade deficit with any country, though the metric usually indicates the US has a strong economy that can afford to buy more from a given country than that country can buy from the US.

Read moreHere’s how NATO’s budget actually works

“I told them that this situation cannot continue,” Trump said of the military and trade relationships with some of the US’s closest allies. He described the situation as “ridiculously unfair.”

The US by far spends the most in NATO, both on its own defense budget and on programs to increase the readiness and capabilities of its European allies.

In 2014, NATO countries agreed to raise their defense spending to 2% of gross domestic product by 2024. So far, only five countries — mainly in eastern and central Europe where the threat of Russia looms large — have met that pledge.

Since his campaign days, Trump has demanded NATO countries meet that 2% figure, or even double it, immediately.

Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, has expressed little interest in hitting that benchmark.

The metric of percentage of GDP spent on the military can also be deceptive. Defense spending has broad and differing definitions around the globe.

Greece is one of the few NATO countries that meet the 2% spending mark, but it spends much of that on pensions.

NATO’s newest member, Montenegro, could spend 2% of its GDP on defense, which would be only $95 million, just over the cost of one US Air Force F-35.

NATO pullout?

Donald Trump speaks in Warsaw, Poland on Thursday.
Trump gave a speech to NATO members in Poland in July 2017 standing in front of a statue made of metal from the World Trade Center.
 Evan Vucci/AP

Trump on Monday also lamented the money the US has spent protecting other countries, saying the US gained nothing from the alliances other than “Deficits and Losses.”

“It is time that these very rich countries either pay the United States for its great military protection, or protect themselves…and Trade must be made FREE and FAIR!” Trump concluded, appearing to wave the idea of a US pullout from NATO.

Article 5 of the NATO treaty, the alliance’s key clause that guarantees a collective response to an attack on a member state, has been invoked only once in NATO’s history: after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the US.

The result was a collective response from NATO countries that still have forces fighting and dying alongside US forces in Afghanistan today.

More: Donald Trump Emmanuel Macron NATO Military

8 thoughts on “Coward Trump Waits Till He Gets Back To D.C. To Torch Our Allies And NATO

    1. 6 Times his Dad got him excused from going into the military during the Vietnam war because he said he had heel spurs, this is despite the reality that he participated in several sports while he was in college. With just a 2 year degree he would have gone in as an Officer and he could have at least did a George W Bush stunt and volunteered for the Air Force Reserve or the National Guard and he would have stayed here in the States and he would have never ever seen combat, he was to much of a coward to even do that. No pride in is Nation, only a Coward. Back then the National Guard or any of the Air Force Reserve ever went to combat zones. This is why I consider him a coward. If he really had had a heel spur he could have gotten it surgically removed and then went into the Service plus this supposed heel spur has never ever been an issue for him since he got out of College, a liar and a coward.

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      1. I know about that era, know that if you went into the national guard you would mostly not seen war. I as a former soldier in the Spanish Legion and two combat deployments( I do good with my english I have to say), I don´t consider that a cowardly act to not enlist. He had his priorities and he followed them with hard work and the smarts to do that hard work.

        I´m not arguing for him or against him, it´s just facts. It´s not a prerequisite to serve in the military to be the comander in chief.

        Sir, have you served in the military ?

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      2. I like your comment, it is a very good one, thank you for taking of your time to do it I appreciate you for that. I agree with you, your English is very good, nice work in learning an extra language. Back then there was a draft and he was given draft orders 6 times, you and I have a difference of opinion about serving. If he had never been drafted and he didn’t wish to serve I have no problem with that but to be drafted and have your Dad bail you out 6 times to me is a cowardly disgrace. To stay in a country and use its benefits but refuse to serve that county when you have been drafted to do so is a disgrace act, but that is just my opinion. I agree with you that serving in the military should not be a prerequisite to becoming Commander in Chief. This is a democracy, the people know if you have served or not so let that decision be left up to the voters. Regarding your last question, yes I did serve and I am service connected disabled from being struck by lightning while in the Army. Just a case of wrong place at the wrong time but when I finally cleared medical they handed me my discharge papers because I was not ever going to be able to fulfill the physical requirements any longer.The lightning screwed up my legs, spine and heart, as I said though, just wrong place at the wrong time, no ones fault, things just go wrong some times.

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      3. Sorry to hear about you being dissabled by a lightning, indeed it is being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

        I do agree with what you said about having daddy bail you out of what essentially is an obligation when you have the draft, I know there is a lot of tension there in the U.S. by his actions, half the people love him and the other half hate him. I just try to put myself in the middle making up my own mind.At the end of the day you are the one living there, like here in Spain I have very irrate opinions of what is happening.

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      4. I am 62 yrs old and I have been all over the U.S. and Canada but those are the only two countries that I have ever been in. Our news agencies seldom speak of events in other nations unless it has to do with a war or maybe to do with British Royalty. I read a lot of foreign news papers each day scanning for articles that I think my readers might be interested in and post it for them. This is what I try to do with a lot of my readers articles also. I like trying to learn about the lives of people outside of the US and the things their governments are doing to them, to me all people matter in every Nation. With Spain we never hear about anything going on in Spain except when the Bulls are running down the streets, if I/we here in the US learn anything about Spain we have to do it online or in history books. It is the same with other nations information.

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      5. I had to smile when you talked about the bulls.
        Since we do live in a era of information, people do have, I think, to discern between information and more importantly dessinformation.

        Have a great day sir, I really like to have a civilized conversation with you.

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      6. Same here, I like it when I come across readers that simply are being honest, I try to learn as much as I can from folks like you. Please drop me a line anytime you wish and ask anything that you wish. I may not always be correct but I will never lie to you.

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