Donald Trump took to Twitter Saturday morning to respond to fact-filled articles about his embarrassing meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel by deriding them as “fake news.”
In response to those tweets, California Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff nailed Trump for treating NATO like a protection racket:
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) March 18, 2017
Trump’s tweets were a reiteration of his position as stated Friday during Merkel’s visit when he complained that “many nations owe vast sums of money from past years and it is very unfair to the United States.”
Germany is supposed to spend 2 percent of its GDP on its own defense and is currently spending 1.2 percent, down from 2.5 percent before the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Obviously, the United States, with the highest level of defense spending in the world, spends much more than that, 4.5 percent in 2015 and estimated to be about 3.8 percent in 2020.
The World Bank shows the world’s average to be about 2.3 percent.
Germany’s foreign minister has said that 2 percent is unrealistic, and cited worries by its European neighbors of his country’s militaristic past.
“This would be a defense supremacy, a military supremacy in Europe. I think our neighbors wouldn’t like to see this in 10 to 15 years.”
Then there is the fact that Vladimir Putin, who is a bully like Trump, won’t challenge a strong, unified NATO, an alliance Trump seems willing to pull apart because that’s what his mentor Vladimir Putin wants.
Last night, Schiff pointed out that Trump has very little in common with Angela Merkel, who “has courage to confront Russia & champion human rights,” something Trump has failed to do, being too busy complimenting Vladimir Putin on his “strength” as a leader.
Of course, Trump thinks human rights abuses make the man, as he has shown with multiple attempts at a Muslim ban and a promise to bring back torture, not to mention killing civilians in a pointless raid and bombing a Mosque or two.
Trump has demonstrated precisely how not to be a world leader; in fact, he has shown that he is not a world leader through his childish behavior, first accusing Britain of spying on him and then refusing to shake Angela Merkel’s hand.
Adam Schiff was right to stomp on Trump’s deadbeat German obsession. After all, if anyone has no right to complain about people not paying their bills, it’s our own deadbeat ‘president,’ Donald Trump.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.