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Trump Says “Jump” and NATO Asks, “How High?”

Great piece by Byron York noting that despite all the “outrage” over President Trump’s questioning of NATO, he actually got some big things done, changing their approach.

From the article:

Candidate Donald Trump set off a furious controversy when he said NATO countries should pay their “fair share” of mutual defense costs and, later, that the treaty organization was “obsolete” because not enough of its efforts were directed against radical Islamic terrorism.

On Monday, Vice President Mike Pence took the Trump message to NATO headquarters in Brussels. And after all the controversy and complaining, NATO’s response could be boiled down to a single sentence: Yes sir, Mr. Trump.

News reports from Pence’s news conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg focused on Pence’s effort to “reassure” nervous NATO officials that the U.S. will stand behind its treaty commitments. “It is my privilege here at the NATO headquarters to express the strong support of President Trump and the United States of America for NATO and our transatlantic alliance,” Pence said. “I can say with confidence, America will do our part.”

But at least as newsworthy was what happened next. Pence dropped the hammer of Trump’s demands, and NATO quickly went along.

17 Responses to Trump Says “Jump” and NATO Asks, “How High?”

  1. Does anyone know why the EU had a 51-star US flag as a backdrop when Pence was there? Did northern California secede when we weren’t looking? Did DJT sign an EO making Puerto Rico a state and the media kept it quiet?

  2. For the life of me, I cannot understand why ANYBODY in the United States would be ‘outraged’ over demanding other countries pay more for their own self-defense.

    Maybe it’s because the ‘pay their fair share’ crowd is a bunch of hypocrites who are going to screech and snivel at everything Trump does no matter what it is?

    Nah. That couldn’t be it.

  3. Where is the golf game count like under Obama? And the cost of Air Force One to Florida the last 3 weekends. It’s all there in public records.

  4. I hope NATO countries will meet their obligations but it is also possible that they will increase spending by hiring more people while continuing to neglect equipment and training. Traditionally some of those countries use the military as a source of jobs for political purposes.