Thursday, July 12, 2018

It is rotten:

Trump shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word of Putin.

President Trump criticized Germany and demanded that America’s NATO allies to increase their military spending in a combative opening day in Brussels. Trump claims America pays 90% (except it’s actually 22%)

“Germany, as far as I’m concerned, is captive to Russia because it’s getting so much of its energy from Russia,” Mr. Trump told the startled Mr. Stoltenberg at the opening of the NATO summit meeting. “We have to talk about the billions and billions of dollars that’s being paid to the country we’re supposed to be protecting you against.”

Putin's Nord Stream 2 pipeline project has been opposed by the United States for many years, including under President Barack Obama, as well as by some European countries, like Poland, that warn it will give Russia too much leverage in Europe.

Nord Stream 2 would add two additional pipelines to the existing Nord Stream pipeline and increase overall annual capacity to 3.9 trillion cubic feet.

Republicans PREACH deregulation!

The Germans have been diversifying their energy supplies, that they now get only about 9 percent of their energy from Russia — not the 70 percent that Mr. Trump claimed. They get 50% from solar.

“I myself experienced a part of Germany that was controlled by the Soviet Union, and I am very happy today that we are united in freedom as the Federal Republic of Germany,” Ms. Merkel said as she entered the NATO building. “We decide our own policies and make our own decisions, and that’s very good.”

Germans have called the idea of spending 2 percent of gross domestic product on defense — which Mr. Trump has not only insisted on but now says he wants to double — ludicrous and arbitrary. But the more Mr. Trump attacks Germany, the less its people feel like appeasing him on military spending or with trade concessions.

What was "long and hard" on Donald Trump?

8th Grade

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