Like they are with everything Trump-related, liberals were in hysterics that the President was “alienating” our European allies by demanding they pay their fair share in defending the continent from Russian aggression. And just like every other time, Trump was right and liberals were wrong. The NATO nations have agreed to increase their military spending and no one was harder hit than former Secretary of State John Kerry who defined the role of top US diplomat with ineptitude and incompetence.
First, here’s yet another Trump win brought to you by Fox News:
NATO leaders pledged their “unwavering commitment” to boost defense spending on Wednesday, following stern words from President Trump criticizing European leaders for spending too little.
The U.S. and European allies signed a declaration stating they are “committed to improving the balance of sharing the costs and responsibilities of alliance membership.”
The declaration comes after confrontational and testy discussions between Trump and other NATO leaders.
Since the election, Trump has criticized NATO countries for not paying their fair share, while suggesting he would only come to the defense of NATO nations that fulfilled their financial obligation.
So Trump gives NATO shit about military spending and they respond by increasing military spending. It seems so simple. Why couldn’t Kerry or Obama get this done?
Kerry’s actual problem is this hypocrisy that Trump pointed out:
Before sitting down for the first official meeting of the day, the president engaged in a testy exchange with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. He pressed why the U.S. should continue to pay money to the military alliance while the countries purchase energy from Moscow.
“But how can you be together when you’re getting energy from the group you want protection from?” Trump responded, using Germany as an example. Trump challenged Stoltenberg to explain why Berlin was getting energy from Russia, and asserted that Germany was “totally controlled” by and “captive to Russia” over a pipeline project.
That pipeline project, Nord Stream 2 pipeline, doubles the amount of gas Russia can send directly to Germany, while sidestepping transit countries like Ukraine. The project is opposed by the U.S. and some European Union members.
“We’re supposed to protect you against Russia and yet you make this deal with Russia. Explain that. It can’t be explained,” said Trump.
Good point, Mr. President. Let’s see what John Kerry thinks:
My thoughts on President Trump’s remarks in Brussels this morning: pic.twitter.com/x0k3k0lOkA
— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) July 11, 2018
Don’t feel like you need to read that entire thing. Kerry said that Trump was “disgraceful and destructive” and called his statement “counter productive.” He also claimed that Trump had undermined the Obama administration’s efforts to get NATO to increase their military spending. I guess he missed that part where Trump actually got NATO to do this while he and Obama had failed so miserably.
Kerry then tried to make it seem like he was tougher on Russia than Trump is, which is funny coming from a guy who sat there twiddling his thumbs as Russia stole a big chunk of the Ukraine. Kerry also called Trump stupid, which is funny coming from a guy who paid Iran pallet of cash to continue developing nuclear weapons.
Obviously John Kerry is confused by foreign policy success. This is something he has never experienced before and it is frightening to him. It also probably doesn’t help that Trump’s winning makes Kerry look even more like a blathering idiot.