WATCH: Trump Unleashes Rant at ‘Delinquent’ NATO Allies During Photo-op Breakfast
In Europe for this week’s NATO summit, President Donald Trump took the opportunity of a friendly, mostly photo-op breakfast to upbraid American allies in Europe, NATO in general, and Germany in particular in an aggressive rant.
MSNBC’s Morning Joe began Wednesday’s program by showing a lengthy set of clips.
Appearing to be addressing reporters, Trump said that European nations owed the United States “tremendous” amounts of money, and that payment was “delinquent.”
“In many countries, they owe us a tremendous amount of money from many years back where they’re delinquent, as far as I’m concerned, because the United States has had to pay for them,” he said. “So if you go back 10 or 20 years, you just add it all up, it’s massive amounts of money is owed, the United States has paid, and stepped up like nobody.”
During his tirade, Trump singled out Germany for their energy deals with Russia, repeating several times that the nation is beholden to Russia and implying that they are undermining their own defense against Putin while asking the United States to pay for their defense in their stead.
“Germany is totally controlled by Russia,” he said
Across the table during the explosive beginning to this breakfast with allies was NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who attempted to defuse the rant by softly noting that members of the alliance generally get along despite their differences. Stoltenberg is friendly to the United States, and during Trump’s recitation even credited President Trump’s “leadership” in eliciting more money for NATO from EU nations, but President Trump apparently hadn’t ordered any diplomacy with his coffee.
The President emphasized this as an enduring issue. “This has gone on for decades, by the way. For many presidents,” he said. “But no other president brought it up like I bring it up.”
That much is certainly true.
Watch the clip above, courtesy of MSNBC.
[Featured image via screengrab]
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