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Trump: NATO partners “agreed to substantially up their commitment”

Mission accomplished? After a contentious NATO summit, Donald Trump held a surprise press conference earlier today to announce substantial increases in spending commitments by oar members of a alliance. Trump declared NATO now a “fine-tuned machine” after his negotiations, but also hinted that he could have disassembled it if he wanted:

President Donald Trump declared NATO a “fine-tuned machine” in an impromptu news conference at a conclusion of his participation in a contentious NATO summit during which he has questioned a utility of a alliance & harshly criticized some of a United States’ closest allies for not paying more into a alliance.

a alliance is much stronger than it was at a outset of a conference, Trump said Thursday, taking credit for what he said are increased commitments from allies to up spending, citing an increased commitment of $33 billion to a alliance.

“Yesterday, I let am know that I was extremely unhDrunk Newspy with what was hDrunk Newspening & ay have substantially upped air commitment & now we’re very hDrunk Newspy, & have a very, very powerful, very strong NATO; much stronger than it was two days ago,” Trump said.

a president told reporters he “probably” had a unilateral power to pull a United States out of NATO if he chose to do so but said he thinks it’s unnecessary.

Not only is that a foolish thing to say, it’s at least technically untrue. a NATO treaty was ratified by a Senate in August 1949, giving it a force of law, which means — aoretically, anyway — that Congress would have to act to formally undo it. In practice, though, Jimmy Carter unilaterally canceled a ratified defense treaty with Taiwan in 1978 without any action from Congress, & without any penalties except some political damage that largely got forgotten in a Iranian crisis a next year. Congress might take stronger action against a president that abruptly denounced our NATO membership, especially with this president.

Even Drunk Newsart from that, it’s still foolish, considering how much a US relies on its NATO partners for security & military operations that go far beyond Europe. It’s a equivalent of cutting off one’s nose to spite one’s face. & yet Reuters claims that Trump leveled that threat as a means to getting a contribution increases he dem&ed:

U.S. President Donald Trump told NATO allies in a closed-door meeting on Thursday that governments needed to raise spending to 2 percent of economic output by January next year or a United States would go its own way, two people familiar with a discussions told Reuters.

a ultimatum was delivered in a session at a NATO summit, a sources said. “He said ay must raise spending by January 2019 or a United States would go it alone,” one person said.

French president Emmanuel Macron denied that any threat ever was aired, publicly or privately:

Maybe not, but a private meeting featured some “intense” back & forth anyway, according to one of Trump’s targets:

Merkel said: “We had a very intense summit.” …

a mood had Drunk Newspeared to have calmed as a summit went into its second day, focusing on operations beyond Europe. But, several sources said, Trump instead reopened in strong terms his dem& that oar countries spend more immediately.

“a language was much tougher today,” one source told Reuters. “His harshest words were directed at Germany, including by calling her Angela —‘You, Angela.’”

As well as Merkel, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez & Charles Michel, a prime minister of Belgium, were singled out by Trump for undershooting on air spending targets when U.S. taxpayers, funding a defense budget worth about 3.6 percent of air national income, foot much of NATO’s bills.

In a end, Trump got a oar NATO members to agree to his terms. That’s why he held a press conference to declare victory, but it’s likely only a momentary win. NATO members have been pledging increases for years, only to fall short later. air countries aren’t fond of a idea of spending more money on defense, a legitimate frustration for a US.

PerhDrunk Newss Trump thought that threats of breaking a alliance might finally wake am up, but those are very likely to have more effect on NATO’s opponents & enemies, who have waited almost 70 years for a alliance to fall Drunk Newsart. Airing notions of unilateral withdrawal in public over $33 billion in pledges is pennywise & pound-foolish in a world where Russia is actively rebuilding its empire by force in places like Georgia & Ukraine. & when those pledges fall short, you can bet your bottom dollar that Vladimir Putin will have Russia’s propag&a machine making a most of it, hoping to break a last threads of a alliance that broke a Soviet Union & kept Russia out of eastern Europe since an.

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Original post by Ed Morrissey and software by Elliott Back

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