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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:47 am
 


https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/20 ... _game.html

Full title: Muscles in Brussels: how President Trump exposes the Europeans’ double-crossing game

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What I just watched on Fox News (FNC) live after 3:00am EDT (9:00am Brussels time) this morning (Wednesday, July 11, 2018) at the NATO Summit breakfast in Brussels, was both surreal and fascinating. President Trump wasted no time in repeating his demands for European allies (and Canada) to spend more on defense, saying they should do so immediately.

He opened his appearance at the breakfast with an attack on Germany, saying its gas deals with Moscow made it a “captive to Russia.” “Germany is captive of Russia because it is getting so much of its energy from Russia,” Trump said, referring to Berlin’s deal for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. “Everybody’s talking about it all over the world, they’re saying we’re paying you billions of dollars to protect you, but you’re paying billions of dollars to Russia,” emphasized the president. He added that “Germany is totally controlled by Russia.”

The President was referring to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which would bring gas from Russia to Germany’s northeastern Baltic coast, bypassing Poland and Ukraine, and doubling the amount of gas Russia can send directly to Germany. The project is opposed by the United States and a few other European Union members.

The president then repeated his wider accusations against the NATO members as a whole for failing to pay their dues. “On the top of that, Germany is just paying a little bit over of one percent, whereas the United States, in actual numbers, is paying 4.2 percent of a much larger GDP. So, I think that’s inappropriate also. We’re protecting Germany, we’re protecting France, we’re protecting everybody, and yet we’re paying a lot of money to protect. Now, this has been going on for decades. This has been brought up by other presidents, but other presidents didn’t do anything about it, because I don’t think they understood it or they just didn’t want to get involved,” pointed out the president. He continued: “But I have to bring it up because I think it’s very unfair for our country, it’s very unfair to our taxpayers… I don’t think it’s fair to the United States. So, we’re going to have to do something because we’re not going to put up with it, we cannot put up with it, and it’s inappropriate,” concluded Trump.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg was caught off-guard and he pushed back softly, stressing that NATO members have been able to “work together despite their differences.”

Trump lashed back: “But how can you be together when a country is getting its energy from the person you want protection against or from the group that you want protection? You’re just making Russia richer... Explain that!”

Trump said as he arrived at the breakfast that the situation is “not fair to the taxpayers of the United States, but we will make it fair… They will spend more. I have great confidence they’ll be spending more,” he later predicted.



President Donald Trump exposed in a spectacular way, in front of millions of home viewers, how the Europeans milk money from the United States for “protection against Russia,” while they give millions of dollars for getting supplied with oil and gas from the same, supposedly “enemy,” country.

Trump is not the first U.S. president who brings this up to the European allies. But he will be the first U.S. president who will definitely do something to fix this decade-long anomaly.

Thomas Lifson adds:

Trump's critics that contend he is in Putin's pocket have some explaining to do how this fits into their conspiracy theory. Other than energy exports, Russia produces almost nothing competitive on world markets. That is Putin's economic jugular vein, and Trump is placing a knife on it with this pressure on Europe.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:49 am
 


Trump is spot-on here.

Germany is sending billions to Russia while the US spends billions to defend Germany from the Russian military that Germany is financing.

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Well, the start to today is certainly more sickening than usual.


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CNBC (liberal) is :!: :!: :!: supporting Trump at NATO summit :!: :!: :!:

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/07/11/trump-s ... ussia.html

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Trump slams Germany at NATO summit: It's 'totally controlled by Russia'

* “Germany is totally controlled by Russia … They will be getting between 60 and 70 percent of their energy from Russia and a new pipeline, and you tell me if that is appropriate because I think it's not,” Trump said.

* The U.S. president was speaking at a press conference in front of NATO representatives ahead of a two-day summit.

* The Trump administration’s policies indicate it views security and trade as intimately linked. And when it comes to the trade balance, no ally will be spared.


President Donald Trump launched a scathing attack on German support for one of Europe's most contentious energy developments Wednesday, saying Germany is “totally controlled” by Russia.

Speaking in Brussels, Belgium on the first leg of his European trip, the U.S. president said a flurry of oil and gas deals had given Moscow far too much influence over the continent’s largest economy. In particular, he singled out the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project as being especially "inappropriate."

“Germany is totally controlled by Russia … They will be getting between 60 and 70 percent of their energy from Russia and a new pipeline, and you tell me if that is appropriate because I think it's not,” Trump said, before criticizing Berlin's failure to significantly increase defense spending.

Trump was speaking at a press conference Wednesday morning in front of NATO representatives ahead of a two-day summit.

“I think it is a very bad thing for NATO and I don’t think it should have happened and I think we have to talk to Germany about it. On top of that, Germany is just paying a little bit over 1 percent (on defense) … And I think that is inappropriate also,” he added.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:07 am
 


Germany and Russia have always been Frenemies. Nothing's changed.


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The White Hut just sent out their official statement (press release) on this topic via email:

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This morning in Europe

As the NATO summit began in Brussels, President Trump delivered a clear message to America’s allies: The transatlantic Alliance is too important not to invest in. “The United States is paying far too much, and other countries are not paying enough,” the President said this morning.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg echoed that goal. “We will continue to focus on defense spending, because as the President just said, NATO Allies have to invest more in defense, and that’s not exactly what they’re doing,” he said. President Trump thanked the Secretary General for working hard to make progress. “He understands the problem.”

While former President Obama also urged our NATO allies to share the defense burden, President Trump is the one getting results. Since President Trump took office, each member state has increased its defense spending: In 2017 alone, we saw an increase of more than 4.8 percent in defense spending among our NATO Allies. “But that’s not nearly enough,” President Trump makes clear.


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https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/wh ... 7bba7833b0


White House: Trump suggests NATO allies commit to spending 4 percent of GDP on defense; current goal is 2 percent


ROTFL ROTFL ROTFL


Oh Lordy, he does know how to troll the Euroweenies.


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martin14 wrote:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/white-house-trump-suggests-nato-allies-commit-to-spending-4-percent-of-gdp-on-defense-current-goal-is-2-percent/2018/07/11/c781991c-8523-11e8-9e06-4db52ac42e05_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.2e7bba7833b0


White House: Trump suggests NATO allies commit to spending 4 percent of GDP on defense; current goal is 2 percent


ROTFL ROTFL ROTFL


Oh Lordy, he does know how to troll the Euroweenies.


Wow!!! [B-o]


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martin14 wrote:
ROTFL ROTFL ROTFL


Oh Lordy, he does know how to troll the Euroweenies.


And then he wonders why he doesn't have any friends. :idea:


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DrCaleb wrote:
martin14 wrote:
ROTFL ROTFL ROTFL


Oh Lordy, he does know how to troll the Euroweenies.


And then he wonders why he doesn't have any friends. :idea:



With 'friends' like NATO and the G7, who needs enemies ?


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TRANSLATION: Trump Whores His Ass For The Arms Dealers, Death Merchants and The Village People


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Well he did give them big tax cuts, and now he's snivelling that the NATO allies aren't giving them enough money.


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DrCaleb wrote:
martin14 wrote:
ROTFL ROTFL ROTFL


Oh Lordy, he does know how to troll the Euroweenies.


And then he wonders why he doesn't have any friends. :idea:


Just like a protection racketeer next time it'll be 6 points. Then 10. Then 20.


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BartSimpson wrote:
The White Hut just sent out their official statement (press release) on this topic via email:

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This morning in Europe

As the NATO summit began in Brussels, President Trump delivered a clear message to America’s allies: The transatlantic Alliance is too important not to invest in. “The United States is paying far too much, and other countries are not paying enough,” the President said this morning.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg echoed that goal. “We will continue to focus on defense spending, because as the President just said, NATO Allies have to invest more in defense, and that’s not exactly what they’re doing,” he said. President Trump thanked the Secretary General for working hard to make progress. “He understands the problem.”

While former President Obama also urged our NATO allies to share the defense burden, President Trump is the one getting results. Since President Trump took office, each member state has increased its defense spending: In 2017 alone, we saw an increase of more than 4.8 percent in defense spending among our NATO Allies. “But that’s not nearly enough,” President Trump makes clear.


Yeah you gotta hand it to Trump, making the US the enemy of the Free World and ally of dictators will sure get the free world to boost their defence spending.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:57 pm
 


NATO has been taking advantage of the United States for decades and when they're called on it the Loony Left loses their minds.


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