Damn that Donald Trump.
He went to Brussels, spoke to our NATO allies, and…
…said exactly what he said while campaigning for President. That too many of them don’t pay their fair share.
I especially like the Washington Post account, which says that Trump shoved his way past the Prime Minister of Montenegro, and showed the video to “prove” it – except the video was cut off before we saw that the Prime Minister of Montenegro’s reaction was to put his arm around Trump’s waist.
Does the Post know whether Trump’s “shove” was just a friendly physical gesture as he passed by, possibly because he and the Prime Minister of Montenegro had talked earlier? Does the Prime Minister’s arm-around-the waist reaction suggest he had any problem with Trump? Hey, no reason to discuss the possibility if you truncate the video and hide what happened, is there?
Then we have this little tidbit within the Times’ editorial:
Mr. Trump has a point when he says the allies should increase their military budgets, which they have started to do, partly in response to Russia’s 2014 invasion of Ukraine.
So Trump has a point? Then why is his stating that point a failure? And regarding the “they have started” routine, currently a grand total of 5 NATO members – out of 28 – are paying the share they committed to. That’s some great start. I wonder how the Times editorial board would feel if they got paid their full salaries 5 weeks out of every 28.
The fact is, Donald Trump has had an extremely successful foreign trip, during which he said what should have been said to the assembled heads of Muslim countries, and ditto for the assembled heads of NATO.
Too bad that the Post, the Times, and their likeminded media cohorts cannot stand the thought of acknowledging his success.
Trump hate, Trump hate, uber alles.