Thursday, May 25, 2017

U.S. President Trump Chastises Fellow NATO Leaders Over Defense Spending



Business Insider: Trump lectures NATO allies to their faces as they look on in awkward silence

President Donald Trump on Thursday lectured a group of leaders from member countries of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization over not contributing their "fair share" in defense spending.

Standing beside Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Trump blasted the nearly two-dozen member countries that have not met their "financial obligations" to increase defense spending to 2% of GDP.

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WNU Editor: It is quite a sight to see all of these NATO leaders .... just standing there with smirks on their faces while being called out by President Trump for their unwillingness and lack of interest to meet what NATO expects on defense spending. I have said it before .... if Russia is the threat that these NATO leaders are always voicing about .... why are they not spending the money to deter it. And as expected .... instead of focusing on the money (or lack of) .... the media is focusing on this .... In NATO Speech, Trump Is Vague About Mutual Defense Pledge (NYT). More here .... Trump gave a speech to NATO leaders, but it's what he left out that got their attention (CNBC), and more here .... Europe’s leaders desperately wanted Trump to say these two words today—and he didn’t (Quartz).

More News On U.S. President Trump Chastises Fellow NATO Leaders Over Defense Spending

Trump chastises NATO, vows to crackdown on leaks -- AP
Trump scolds NATO allies, warns of unending fight against militants -- Reuters
Trump Shames NATO Leaders on Defense Spending -- Bloomberg
Trump chastises fellow NATO members, demands they meet payment obligations -- Washington Post
Trump blasts NATO allies for not paying fair share -- ABC News
Trump scolds NATO allies over defense spending -- CNN

34 comments:

Anonymous said...

Leave them all to the wolves

fred lapides said...

of course, anon, as usual, anon...the wolves become our wolves too.
That said: I have nothing bad to say about asking European members to shoulder their fair share. However, you do not lecture allies in a public forum such as this in order to do that. Scolding in public is dumb.

fred lapides said...

This then is what our classy leader is truly like!

War News Updates Editor said...

I agree Fred. President Trump is going to pay a price for this if he tries to develop a personal relationship with some of these leaders. But many of these same leaders have openly voiced their opposition to many of President Trump's policies .... so one can make the argument that this is not going to change anything.

War News Updates Editor said...

Fred. I do not know about the context of the "shoving video" .... but I have been at a lot of diplomatic, political, election campaign, etc. receptions. People/diplomats/leaders/politicians/etc .... pushing, hand grabbing, handshakes that crush your hand while the person's other hand is giving you a Vulcan death grip on your shoulder, people always getting in your space, .... I have experienced it all .... and I have seen it done from our highest diplomats and politicians .... and guess what .... it is not personal .... it is how it is done. When it is not done is when it is on the one - to - one level .... but in receptions like this .... yup .... it is how it is done.

Now I do know that this video has gone viral .... and I was wondering about an hour ago to post it. But you do it for me .... so thank you. :)

fred lapides said...

Pushing aside a nation's leader so you can be up front is a bit different than an overly firm handshake...but you are welcome for the post, which, as you note, is viral now.

War News Updates Editor said...

LOL
Fred.
They all push.
The difference now is the media wants to push this story because they have nothing else to "push" (pun intended).

RussInSoCal said...

There's some cringe worthy video of Obama being handshake-snubbed in Russia and in Saudi Arabia. In which Obama is left standing with extended hand while diplomats simply pass by, ignoring him altogether.

Young Communist said...

After giving 110 billions of dollars to the terrorist supporter Saudi Arabia Trump lament the lack of spending for NATO from EU partners hit many times by terrorist attacks.
OK.
A lot of assholes.

Jay Farquharson said...

LMFAO,

Guy who doesn't pay taxes, or Contractors, or suppliers,

Lectures people on paying for stuff,

Then shoves the Prime Minister of the newest NATO member out of the way for a photo op,

LMFAO,

But keep trying to "normalize" him, WNU Editor,

after all, in for a penny, in for a pound.

War News Updates Editor said...

Not normalising him or anyone else Jay.
Just sharing my experiences .... and people can accept it or not.

As a Canadian .... this is what I call shoving with ill intent.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BVN5QzzaLI

Jay Farquharson said...

Nope, you keep making excuses, for inexcuseable behaviour,

You keep trying to "normalize" Trump.

It started with you trying to excuse the "pussy grabbing",

and by the time Trump fulfills his election promise to shoot somebody on 5th Ave in full daylight,

You'll be full wingnut and be claiming it's "normal" in US Politic's, and posting Seth Rich CT.

LMFAO

RussInSoCal said...

Uh oh, WNU - snowflake syndrome dictates that, "Unless you hate my enemy the way I hate my enemy, you ARE my enemy!"

And I must say that I'm very satisfied the way Trump has put these sniveling Euros in their place. It way past time.

War News Updates Editor said...

Jay
I respectively disagree.

aaa said...

WNU, welcome to the 'dark side'. We're made up of 'deplorables' who happen to disagree with the left. Once you disagree with the left they will try to ruin your reputation, get you fired, label you a bigot, and threaten physical violence against you. They'll try, but don't let them intimidate you!

This is why we voted for Trump. He fights back; he's the leader we needed.


Jay, I really don't see why you're so concerned about Trump. You're a Canadian aren't you? Why would you get so wound up over American politics? What do you care if American eff's up their own country? Have something to lose maybe?

War News Updates Editor said...

Actually aaa .... I have tons of stuff to criticise President Trump on .... from practising nepotism in the White House and not putting the family business in a trust .... to policy issues like trade, war, our international alliances ... and his handling of international crisis points.

The problem is that the opposition are firmly convinced .... and have directed their entire energy at .... this Russia-gate story. That Trump colluded with the Russians, that this is why Hillary Clinton lost, and that Trump is blocking any and all attempts to investigate it. The media has bought into this narrative. The progressives and never Trumpers have bought in to this story .... and .... without question .... the establishment in Washington. This has sucked up all the oxygen in Washington .... and while it has hampered the Trump agenda .... it still rolls on.

My prediction .... they may find someone where they can hang an obstruction charge on .... but in the end the Russia-Gate story will move on, and much of the progressive left will be disappointed. But this is when the Democrats will then focus on the issues that count and are important to the American people .... jobs, health care, and making sure that we do not get involved in a major war. These are winning issues for those who oppose President Trump .... especially if much of his agenda is implemented and he is forced to run on it. Otherwise .... the Democrats will continue losing elections, and frustration among the American people will not only grow against them, but also against the Republicans.

aaa said...

Not saying you haven't criticized Trump. I've seen it and would agree with you on some of it, especially the nepotism and his business interests.

I'd also agree with you on your view of Trump's opposition. There is a hatred for Trump and it's been there long before Russia-Gate. It started the first time he criticized Obama and has just grown from there. These people will grasp at anything they can to demonize and rail against Trump at this point and it truly is 'Trump Derangement Syndrome' right now. If you disagree with the left to often, they tend to turn that hatred onto you.

As to your prediction...if anybody from Trump's team is charged it's going to be Flynn. And even that won't be anything major. Democrats will never work with Trump, they're in full on obstruction mode and that isn't going to change. Dem's will continue to lose elections because they just don't get it.

The Russia-Gate story will be nothing but a memory soon enough; there will be a bigger story coming out that, I think, is going to catch many people off guard.

Jay Farquharson said...

“I don’t know – it’s hard for me to see any U.S. ties to Russia…
except for:

the Flynn thing,
and the Manafort thing …
and the Tillerson thing
and the Sessions thing
and the Kushner thing
and the Carter Page thing
and the Roger Stone thing
and the Felix Sater thing
and the Boris Ephsteyn thing
and the Rosneft thing
and the Gazprom thing
and the Sergey Gorkov banker thing
and the Azerbajain thing
and the “I love Putin” thing
and the Donald Trump, Jr. thing
and the Sergey Kislyak thing
and the Russian Affiliated Interests thing
and the Russian Business Interests thing
and the Emoluments Clause thing
and the Alex Schnaider thing
and the hack of the DNC thing
and the Guccifer 2.0 thing
and the Mike Pence “I don’t know anything” thing
and the Russians mysteriously dying thing
and Trump’s public request to Russia to hack Hillary’s email thing
and the Trump house sale for $100 million at the bottom of the housing bust to the Russian fertilizer king thing
and the Russian fertilizer king’s plane showing up in Concord, NC during Trump rally campaign thing
and the Nunes sudden flight to the White House in the night thing
and the Nunes personal investments in the Russian winery thing
and the Cyprus bank thing
and Trump not releasing his tax returns thing
and the Republican Party’s rejection of an amendment to require Trump to show his taxes thing
and the election hacking thing
and the GOP platform change on the Ukraine thing
and the Steele Dossier thing
and the Leninist Bannon thing
and Sally Yates prevented from testifying thing
and the intelligence community’s investigative reports thing
and Trump’s reassurance that the Russian connection is all “fake news” thing …
and Spicer’s Russian Dressing “nothing’s wrong” thing …
and the Chaffetz thing,....
and Session's non-recusal from the Russian thing after promising to recuse himself after lying to Congress about the Russian's thing,
and the Yate's firing,
and the Comey firing,
and the Bharara firing,
and the Larov/Kislyak/Trump meeting,
and the Russian Photographer thing,
and the Indicted Stone for the Russian Thing talking to Trump about firing Comey thing,
and Trump's Spokeswoman, Saunder's saying the Comey Firing was about shutting down the Russia/Trump Investigations thing,
and Lying Spice in the bushes with the candlestick,
and the Trump Lawyer's "No Russians" letter by the Russian Law Firm of the Year,
and the Comey/Trump/Tapes threat,
and the Larov/Russia trolling the US thing,
and Trump's Dirty Fucking Hippie "Peace in the Ukraine" Flower Power tweet after meeting Larov thing,
and the Guelen kidnapping and rendition thing,
and the Cohen/Artimenko/Sater Ukraine deal thing,
and the Eric Trump/Golf Courses/Russian Backers thing,
and the "Comey told me three times" thing,
and the 180 current and former Attorney General's letter calling for a special prosecutor,
and the Dutch TV ( Zembla) Investigative documentary, "The Dubious Friends of Donald Trump: Part 1, The Russians",
and Deutsche Bank executive William S. Broeksmit's "suicide",
and the sudden settlement of the Prevezon LLC money laundering case, in the wake of Attorney General Preet Bharara's firing by Trump,

Jay Farquharson said...

and the "thinking" then publicly saying that "Loyalty Oaths" to Hair Furour by Government Bureaucrats in violation of the Constitution is "normal" thing,
and Trump sharing classified intel with the Russian's during their meeting that was not cleared to be shared with the Russians,
and the War Zone Blood Diamonds thing,
and the Putin asked and Trump "couldn't say no" Kislyak thing,
and the Manifort tax free, $3.5 million dollar open term "loan" from the Russian Mob connected Bank of Cyprus Numbered Account,
and the Comey Meeting Memo noting that Trump tried to shut down the Flynn Investigation the day after Flynn was fired.
and the last minute Trump Toronto VEB/Schnaider bankruptcy bail out, while Putin was Chairman of the VEB Board.
and "the Family"/McCarthy/Ryan tape leak
and the SGM/Williams/IRI/Pence Political Consulting thing,
and the Flynn/Turkey cancellation of the US Militaries' anti-ISIS plan
and Flynn's lawyer rejecting the Senate subpena,
and Flynn taking the 5th,
and the Dana Rohabatcher thing,
and the Coates/Rogers thing,
and the Flynn/Svetlana Lokhova/GRU thing,
and the "they said I said Israel thing, but I never said it was Israel, but it was Israel," thing,
and the Russian disinfo op against the FBI faking a AG Lynch email,
and Trump lawyering up,
and Trump's lawyer Kazowitz also being Putin's Sberbank's lawyer,
and Session's non-disclosure of contacts with the Russians on his #86 NSC form,
and the reports of the FSB discussions on how to best leverage Flynn and Manifort,
and the Trump Administration's ramping up and full staffing of the Trump/Russia "war room" to push back against the Investigations,
while 445 Federal Appointee's havn't even been nominated by the Trump Administration, and remain vacant, (80%),
and Nevins/Stone/Mast/Florida GOP/Guccifer2.0/Russian collusion in Florida using the hacked and stolen DNC data sets.
and Pence being scared that Comey and McCabe also took notes of the conversations where he tried to get them to drop Trump/Russia,
http://timeline.lawyersforgoodgovernment.org/#event-timeline

https://mobile.twitter.com/SethAbramson/status/867172280350146561?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Fyastreblyansky.blogspot.com%2F2017%2F05%2Frequired-reading.html

Nope, nothing to see here,

all "perfectly normal",

The list just keeps getting longer, day by day, week by week,

LMFAO

"But,..... Her EMails,

LMFAO

RussInSoCal said...

Jay, one actual felony supercedes 150 make-believe ones.

Grow up, dude.

Anonymous said...

Not sure if you have TDS? Read Jay's post above and if you agree with 10 percent or more, get a prescription for medical marijuana and turn off your TV and social media.

aaa said...

Jay, why should Sessions have to recuse himself from the Russia probe? Should Lynch have recused herself after meeting Bill Clinton on the tarmac in AZ? After all, she did meet with Bill while his wife was being investigated by the FBI. Double standard? Hmmm....

Also, there are items in your list that have been debunked and others that can easily be explained away with the phrase "Obama did it too". Clean it up bub. You're trying to hard....

Anonymous said...

Not sure if you have TDS? Read Jay's post above and if you agree with 10 percent or more, get a prescription for medical marijuana and turn off your TV and social media.

aaa said...

Jay, question for you. Do you follow Louise Mensch?

Jay Farquharson said...

LMFAO,

40 years and billions of dollars spent, hunting the Clintons,

Bupkis,

An 9 years quest for Obama's Kenyan Birth Certificate,

Bupkis,

Not even 120 days so far,

455 vacant Administration positions,(80%) that Team Trump hasn't even nominees for,

But Team Trumps fully staffed a Trump/Russia War Room, fully lawyered up, and already has members of Team Trump pleading the 5th and looking to cut deals for testimony.

LMFAO

Jay Farquharson said...

Sessions talked to "the Russian's" during the Campaign, as part of the Campaign, lied about it under Oath to Congress, and is under investigation himself.

When it came out to the Committee, Sessions said he would recuse himself from Trump/Russia, then as the Comey firing showed, didn't.

Now he's part of the Obstruction of Justice investigation.

Lynch recused herself from EMails after the Bill visit, and stayed recused.

LMFAO

Jay Farquharson said...

Session's promised to go after medical marijuana too,

And Faux News isn't reporting on Trump/Russia at all, so you can safely follow all your favorite Seth Rich/Pizzagate/Lock her up CT 24/7.

CDS patient's really shouldn't be trying to make up fake TDS advice.

Jay Farquharson said...

Nope, she's an ignorant* nutbag, probably engaged in disinfo trolling.

*Ignorant as in lacking knowledge or awareness,

Not even smart enough to google "Impeachment", and instead made up Grand Jury bs.

Jay Farquharson said...

CDS patients shouldn't be making up imaginary syndromes,

They definitely shouldn't be offering medical advise,

And they shouldn't be suggesting self treating with pot with Sessions as AG.

They should just stick to their regular schedule of self medication with Chinese Fentalol, Afghan Black Tar and a few crushed Oxy's.

RussInSoCal said...

And great breaking news - Gianforte wins Montana! (after kicking the ass of an obnoxious reporter) LMFAO!!!

Rightwingers are holding strong and Lefties keep losing.


LMFAO!!!

Jay Farquharson said...

Most of Montana engages in early voting, 37% in this election, and a State that Trump won by 20points, is projected to go to Gianforte by 7.

His seat also might remain completely vacant for his elected term.

LMFAO

Jay Farquharson said...

LMFAO

Jay Farquharson said...

you do know that as few as 50 nuclear explosions kill all human life on the planet, right?

And you guys gave the Angry Cheeto the football.

LMFAO

Jay Farquharson said...

Gianforte won by only 6, Trump won by 20, in a State that hasn't gone Democrat since FDR.