90 Miles From Tyranny : Why Trump is Absolutely Right About NATO in One Chart

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Why Trump is Absolutely Right About NATO in One Chart

President Trump is absolutely right about NATO countries not paying their fair share.

Europe’s national defense is being subsidized by the American taxpayer.

This allows them to offer their citizens much more lavish benefits than ours receive.

This morning President Trump laid down the law to NATO members and told them it’s time to pay up.

Almost immediately upon landing in Europe, he started attacking deadbeat NATO members for shirking their defense responsibilities to the alliance.

While, at the same time, these countries are giving billions to Russian oligarchs in exchange for oil and gas.

“We’re protecting Germany, we’re protecting France,” Trump told NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg at a heated breakfast meeting, according to BPR. “We’re protecting all these countries…And then these countries go out and make a pipeline deal with Russia where they’re paying billions of dollars into the coffers of Russia. So we’re supposed to protect you against Russia, but you’re paying billions of dollars to Russia. I think that’s very inappropriate.”
Specifically, Trump went after Germany, who demands that President Trump stand up to Russia while at the same time depending on the country for a bulk of their energy needs.

“Germany is totally controlled by Russia,” Trump said, referring to Nord Stream 2, Germany’s proposed $12 billion gas pipeline deal with Russia. “I think it’s very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russia.”
Nord Stream 2 strikes at heart of NATO unity. The pipeline gets cheap Russian gas to Germany while bypassing smaller Eastern European nations, allowing Russia to pressure them while Germany is held harmless. No amount of preening in Berlin will cover this nakedly selfish policy.
Trump continued: “We’re supposed to be guarding against Russia, but Germany goes out and pays billions and billions of dollars a year to Russia.”

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