President Trump is in Europe settling long-simmering scores with our erstwhile allies in NATO.
To be sure every American President has had a few issues with NATO and their lack of financial help.
But only Trump has the nerves of steel to call them out publicly. The media, of course, is losing their minds but it is just another anti-Trump charade.
When Obama blasted NATO in private and asked for more cash the media said nothing. When Trump does it in public they scream the sky is falling.
The sky is not falling, in fact for the first time in a while America is winning.
Donald Trump and Angela Merkel got off to a prickly start at a NATO summit as the U.S. president blasted Germany over its support for a gas pipeline from Russia, prompting a tart response from the chancellor.
“It’s very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russia where we’re supposed to be guarding against Russia and Germany goes out and pays billions and billions of dollars a year to Russia,” Trump said before meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday morning.
Trump pressed on: “If you look at it, Germany is a captive of Russia, because they supply — they got rid of their coal plants, got rid of their nuclear, they’re getting so much of the oil and gas from Russia. I think it’s something NATO has to look at.”
Poland’s Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz suggested that Trump has a point on the Nord Stream pipelines. “Some countries are too close” to Russia, he said on a panel at a parallel event to NATO, accusing the pipelines which transit gas to western Europe under the Baltic Sea of funding Russia’s military buildup.
Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also took a pop at Germany, complaining that Merkel’s government withdrew its patriot missile system from Turkey’s Syrian border. When German Defense Minister Ursula Von der Leyen responded that it was a rotation and Germany stayed 3-4 years, Cavusoglu said: “Italy has been prolonging, like a real ally.”
Look, the world is very complex and each nation has relationships with others they would not like to be totally public – remember that when Merkel bashes Trump for meeting with Putin and remember that she, not Trump, just may be Putin’s puppet.