Trump pounces on NATO, but he signs declaration on solidarity


Photographs by The New York Times/DOUG MILLS

President Donald Trump addresses NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg (unseen) during a breakfast meeting Wednesday in Brussels also attended by Chief of Staff John Kelly (left), U.S. Ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday called for a vast increase in defense spending by NATO members, hours after he delivered blistering criticism against Germany and other allies.


President Donald Trump arrives for an introduction at a gathering of the leaders of NATO nations in Brussels on Wednesday, a ... + Enlarge


German Chancellor Angela Merkel chats with first lady Melania Trump at the Parc du Cinquantenaire in Brussels. + Enlarge

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TimberTopper says...

Trump. The biggest mistake America ever put on the world!

Posted 12 July 2018, 6:01 a.m. Suggest removal

BoudinMan says...

Did you catch the reactions of Kelley and Hutchinson? Classic. They both looked like they wanted to bolt out of the room after that imbecilic lecture by Orange Foolius. Kelley practically turned his back to trump.

Posted 12 July 2018, 6:07 a.m. Suggest removal

RBear says...

The real issue here is that this really is about ramping up military spending and forcing other countries to increase their military budgets as well. In the end, military spending is a drag on any economy. It doesn't produce anything of value other than a bunch of military hardware that costs too much and becomes scrap metal after a while. In other words, what Trump did was put a drag on the economies of Europe.
When you look at US defense spending compared with the rest of the world, it's out of control. According to the Peterson Foundation, "The United States spends more on national defense than China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, India, France, United Kingdom, and Japan combined." Tell me how that's productive. So yes, Trump got more out of the other countries but you can bet our own defense budget is not going down. If anything, he'll ask for another increase.

Posted 12 July 2018, 7:07 a.m. Suggest removal

abb says...

LOL.....geez, you boys are up early this AM. Does Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS) cause insomnia? Ha...I just watched Trump own the liberal media in that presser. #walkaway.

Posted 12 July 2018, 7:40 a.m. Suggest removal

RBear says...

abb we are productive citizens who believe in getting up early to go to work or greet the day. I usually get to work around 6 a.m. You'll find most progressives are up early, going to the gym, taking care of business, being productive.

Posted 12 July 2018, 7:57 a.m. Suggest removal

GeneralMac says...

abb........some of the " usual suspects" posting times probably coincide with their arrival home from the gay bath houses after they close.

Posted 12 July 2018, 8:35 a.m. Suggest removal

Illinoisroy says...

once again DJT trumpets his success when in actuality he achieved nothing new. NATO is staying on Obama era schedule for increase on contributions.

GMac, you could use a bath.

Posted 12 July 2018, 8:48 a.m. Suggest removal

hah406 says...

And again, our resident psychotic with homoerotic tendencies goes straight to tying everything into being gay. Just come out of the closet already Mac! It is ok. We couldn't respect you any less than we already do anyway.

Posted 12 July 2018, 8:49 a.m. Suggest removal

abb says...

I mean seriously, this is how my morning went: Dog wiggles, cats meow. Mr Abb gets up and gets newspaper and coffee and food going. I get up a little later and we then have coffee and go for a 45 minute walk with our GSD. We enjoy nature, talk about the days events ahead and how blessed we are to be Americans (esp. under Trump). We get back, top off hummingbird feeders, pet the neighbors lab, fill the bird baths, say hello and smile to everyone, we wave at our CPAs, teachers, cops, and doctors that leave for work super early. We say a prayer, eat breakfast, and get ready for work. We relax 10-15 minutes and surf the web. I come to ARDEMGAZ, and just astounded at the anger, depression and TDS of TimberTopper, Doubleblind, RBear and Boltar et al. Seriously, how can you wake up in such a foul mood?! I mean really guys, you have NOTHING positive in your lives or say it online about Trump or America, esp. of us, "deplorables". You are seriously depressed and some, like Chris, deranged. Nothing positive or good to say. Always with the talking points. You should turn off the news and go for a walk. Get out of the cesspool the Democrat party has become and enjoy life. It really is bad for your health. You have no idea how happy you will be. I walked away with Gore. Just #walkaway. Start reading the Bible and the Constitution. Be happy with what you have. We survived the Kenyan Marxist Muslim, you can survive King Circus Master. By the way, it is a beautiful day and am VERY happy, and hope you will be too.

Posted 12 July 2018, 9:09 a.m. Suggest removal

RBear says...

Abb actually when I read your vitriol spewed each day I have to ask the same thing of you. Are you really that hateful? When you say things like “we survived the Kenyan Marxist Muslim” as well as calling all of commies, I have to question your “beautiful day” scenario. Sorry, but I get my day going a heck of a lot sooner than you. Besides, what’s it to you? We don’t like the idiotic behavior of Trump and express it.

Posted 12 July 2018, 9:21 a.m. Suggest removal

ARMNAR says...

The Bible? Do you mean to imply that you're a Christian, abb? When do you start acting like one?

Posted 12 July 2018, 9:33 a.m. Suggest removal

GeneralMac says...

abb was generous in the adjectives he used to describe Barack HUSSEIN Obama, the race baiting, Muslim sympathizing, ex-president.

Posted 12 July 2018, 9:40 a.m. Suggest removal

RBear says...

Fake if you could actually keep up and read, you’d know that abb is a female. You can’t seem to keep up with anything. Must have started the sauce early today.

Posted 12 July 2018, 9:44 a.m. Suggest removal

mozarky2 says...

Well, well! The Eurotrash parasites somehow came up with $33-40 billion. Must have gotten it from Russia or Iran...
President Trump is all talk-and all action!

Posted 12 July 2018, 9:46 a.m. Suggest removal

RBear says...

Looks like the troll in NWA found time away from shoveling coal to trash this site with vitriol.

Posted 12 July 2018, 9:51 a.m. Suggest removal

ARMNAR says...

KlansmanMac, maybe AA could help you.

Posted 12 July 2018, 9:59 a.m. Suggest removal

mrcharles says...

You can be reassured Armnar that not everyone who says Lord, Lord will be considered a real christian. Remember the south thought they were christian, their ministers thought slavery was christian. Since there was the goats mentioned in matthew , there has to be goats and abb and her little dog GM probably qualify to take up that mantle.

trump forgets those eruotrash [ moz words not mine] are our ancestors and they are the ones he wants over here , not no dark skinned people and that they live next door to the animal Putin , he of the dead doll eyes. Like a crazy neighbor , who knows when they will go off and kill you.

Of course he can raise cain with nato allies [ while sucking up to that country he says controls germany] , since he has cured the danger of N. K. with a hand shake with the UN human. But perhaps we can call him a liar like sea bass [ christian work in progress then a non believer in the man "up there"] , as trump was going to pull all our troops out all over the world as it costs money .

GM, like demented parrot, regurgitating fox entertainment BS. Tell me which kind of muslim was Obama ? You cannot call hep with john mccain cause he cant tell the difference either- [ I do wish the man well as he aint no tea party or trump type ] . I really believe you are the reincarnation of General Nathan Bedford Forrest with a wish to once again command another Ft Pillow event. Yes, I am convinced you are he. Perhaps hindu's are right.

Posted 12 July 2018, 12:10 p.m. Suggest removal

glh05230944 says...

Just turned on the computer and scanned the comments. Gotta feel sorry for Mr. abb. Ms. abb, I knew a lot of MI WO's with attitudes like yours when I served. What was your rank when you separated from the service? Did you make E-5?

Posted 12 July 2018, 1:51 p.m. Suggest removal

hah406 says...

Hey Moz, the question is did they really come up with it, or did Trump just get bamboozled the same way he did in North Korea. I see now the DPRK says talks with the U.S. are useless. They skipped a meeting about returning remains of U.S. soldiers. They are actually ramping up nuclear weapons production. Trump calls that a win. I call that take on it idiocy.

Posted 12 July 2018, 2:18 p.m. Suggest removal

Retirednwsman says...

I continually laugh at our hypocrite president. The same man telling Germany that they are a captive of Russia has his nose so far up Putin's behind that he can see Putin's tonsils. And the Trump Gong Show continues. Ha...ha.

Posted 12 July 2018, 8:28 p.m. Suggest removal

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