President Trump just ended the first round of meetings at the summit for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and wasted no time before taking to Twitter to stun the world with an absurd accusation against our German allies.
What good is NATO if Germany is paying Russia billions of dollars for gas and energy? Why are there only 5 out of 29 countries that have met their commitment? The U.S. is paying for Europe’s protection, then loses billions on Trade. Must pay 2% of GDP IMMEDIATELY, not by 2025.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 11, 2018
NATO, the defensive military alliance that has maintained the balance of geopolitical power for the past fifty years has recently fallen under unprecedented stress as President Donald Trump has suddenly turned on our allies, straining our international relationships with confrontational statements and reckless economic tariffs against European goods.
Trump’s tweet reiterated what he had said earlier this morning, accusing Germany of being “totally controlled” by Russia since Germany – like the rest of Eastern Europe – purchases so much Russian natural gas.
The accusation is very telling, since it is Donald Trump who the majority of the world suspects of being “controlled” by Russia.
Trump himself has been accused of colluding with Russian agents to interfere in the 2016 election and of being blackmailed by Russian military intelligence with a video of him engaging in lewd acts with prostitutes while on his 2013 trip to Moscow.
Since taking office, Trump’s foreign policy has been everything Vladimir Putin could have asked for – unraveling the bonds of NATO, economic instability in the West, and a blind eye to Russian human rights violations at home and abroad.
It is absolutely preposterous for Trump to accuse Germany of being Russia’s puppet – but as the old adage goes, accuse your enemies of what you yourself are guilty of.