NATO Sec. Credits Trump Policies, Trump Destroys Germany’s Relations With Russia
Trump’s roundtable meeting with NATO Sec. Jens Stoltenberg was full of both fireworks and surprises. During the media portion of the event, Stoltenberg immediately begins to credit President Trump’s message as effective. Additionally, the NATO Sec. seems to agree with Trump’s consistent demonization fo the mainstream media.
During the exchange that revolves around international defense spending, Stoltenberg says that NATO allies are on board with increased spending and that it is Trump’s methods which have fueled a more competent defense strategy.
“We all agree that we have to do more, I agree with you that we have to make sure our allies are investing more, the good news is that allies have started to invest more in defense after years of cutting defense purchases we are adding billions to the defense purchases. Last year was the biggest increase in defense spending in a generation.” Stoltenberg says.
“Why was that last year?” Trump interjects.
“Because of you, because of your leadership, because of your message, and uh…”
“They won’t write that,” Trump says, pointing out media.
“No, and I’ve said it before, your message is having an impact.” Stoltenberg says.
As the meeting progresses, President Trump slams Germany for an oil pipeline deal with Russia, something he asserts has enslaved Germany to Russia. His core assertion was that the U.S. shouldn’t have to fund, via the American taxpayers, any defense of Germany, a country that rightfully should be able to take care of itself.
“Germany is a rich country,” Trump states. Why does the U.S. “protect you against Russia?”
“You tell me, is that appropriate?” he continued.
German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen was none too keen on President Trump’s rhetoric, firing back later, saying that Trump’s assertions of Germany being a “captive” of Russia confused her and she was looking forward to clarity over the matter.
“We have a lot of issues with Russia, without any doubt, but on the other hand you should keep a communication line between countries or alliances and opponents without any question,” she said. “So I’m curious to listen in-depth in the meeting what the American president is meaning by that.”
But it was Trump’s condemnation of Germany that sent shockwaves around the table. Trump seems to accuse Germany of being deceptive in their relationship with Russia, citing, “the former chancellor of Germany is the head of the pipeline company that’s supplying the gas.”
“Ultimately, Germany will have almost 70% of their country controlled by Russia with natural gas, so you tell me, is that appropriate?” The President continued, looking directly at Sec.Stoltenberg.
“It should have never been allowed to happen,” Trump continues.
“Its a very bad thing for NATO, I think we have to talk to Germany.” Trump says.
Trump also asserts that the United States is unfairly paying in over 4%, while Germany and other countries hover at around 1%, something the President says is “inappropriate” seeing the United States protects Germany and others. Trump then says that other Presidents seemingly didn’t understand the bad deals, or didn’t want to get involved, which is likely a shot at former President, Barack Obama.
Here’s the beginning of that exchange:
In other words, Germany’s billion-dollar relations with Russia is both hypocritical and self-serving. While the United States and others protect Germany from Russia, Germany turns around and pays billions for energy from Russia.
And this all falls squarely on the United State’s taxpayers backs.
NATO’s position is now tenuous at best. They will need to essentially choose a sacrificial lamb, likely Germany, to remain relevant in the international world.
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.