When then-presidential nominee was still struggling with what seemed like uncertainty, he worked to solidify his victory by ensuring his base that they were being heard. He also worked to expand that base in new ways. For instance, his campaign sent surveys to voters who were not even registered Republican, asking what they cared most about from a leader. When someone emailed the “TRUMP” campaign about a certain matter, they got a real reply in return. He even allowednews groups and political commentators. They received every perk that CNN and Fox got.
The issue for Trump is that he did overcome all hurdles and claim the prize. This is an issue because now he has some potentially uncomfortable promises to keep. Thankfully, the president was comfortable for many years before he won the title, and is not here to be living the easy life now. He has arrived in the Oval Office to “Make America Great Again,” as he says. To prove that it was not just a slogan, kept one of his most awkward oaths and REALLY presented Germany and E.U. head, Angela Merkel, with a bill for £300 billion recently, addressing “contributions he believes are owed to Nato,” according to the Independent.
There are those that will say that this is a show of disrespect towards NATO, and by proxy, the world. However, American voters in quite large numbers feel that it is not only disrespectful to send our bravest over to distant lands on every whim, but also to allow the United States to fund the nonsense. This is felt even more strongly by those who have been sent home missing limbs, and in many cases sound minds, all because NATO wants to use the United States as cannon fodder posing as world police. Of course Trump knows that Merkel is not going to pay. That is the whole point! When she refuses, then America has a legal justification for doing the moral action required and pulling our men and women OUT of any area that doesn’t affect the U.S.
is reported to have made the request during private talks, thus showing that the White House is not looking to humiliate Merkel in front of the world’s cameras so much as really solving the matter. This use of presidential tact (which is not always a Trump calling card) did not prevent one German minister from calling the action “outrageous,” however. It may seem like it to that minister because Germany is one of the nations that are not paying the two percent of their GDP on defense, something that they and other nations pledged to do. The only countries that kept their word, save the United States, includes the tiny nation of Estonia, Poland, England and Greece. Poor Greece, oddly enough, is a nation that!
It was Gerhard Schröder, Germany’s leader prior to Merkel, who made the promise in 2002. That means that Trump is doing no more than calling to order the fact that America has shed a lot of blood and paid for many horrors during the last 15 years since the promise was made. Is it right that America can still be used as the world’s favorite weapon, as only a few nations even pay for the misery that it brings to our warriors? Naysayers will accuse such thought as suggesting that American blood can be purchased, but that is not the case. Rather, it is only being said that it is an insult to force America to handle the biggest role and to foot the bill, as well.
Reports say that Trump’s team figured how far under two percent Germany has lapsed, and then proceeded to add interest to the total. A German minister who could not be named for this article said, “The concept behind putting out such demands is to intimidate the other side, but the Chancellor took it calmly and will not respond to such provocations.” While, it is safe to say that most of the Trump faithful are excited by the news. At last, someone HAS stood for the vets who are so often ill-used. Why should Americans be expected to pay for everything, even as our fiat money system is bankrupt, only held up by “world currency” status?
Trump addressed the matter by saying in a series of tweets,”Despite what you have heard from the FAKE NEWS, I had a GREAT meeting with the Chancellor Angela Merkel.” He went on,”Nevertheless, Germany owes … vast sums of money to NATO & the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany!” That means that keeping Germany safe is part of what America does and he is saying that we are not going to pay to do it. Imagine if the police force paid the people when they were called to the scene of a crime. That is what Trump is calling “outrageous,” to use the unnamed minister’s quote.
It is unclear of when the bill was given, for while some say that the exchange happened during their meeting, the White House Press Secretary has said, “No, this is not true.” Regardless, German Defense Minister Ursula Von der Leyen was displeased with the idea and said, “There is no debt account at Nato.Defense spending also goes into UN peacekeeping missions, into our European missions and into our contribution to the fight against [Isis] terrorism.”
NATO representative Ivo Daalder tweeted, “Sorry Mr. President, that’s not how Nato works. The US decides for itself how much it contributes to defending Nato. This is not a financial transaction, where Nato countries pay the US to defend them. It is part of our treaty commitment.” If this is really how he feels, then that implies that the United States is free to “contribute” a lot LESS. That is something that will please millions of voters who know that we are involved in too many needless wars now. Thank you, Mr. Daalder, for reminding us that America DOES choose what amount we pay into NATO. Don’t be too surprised if we choose, as Germany has, to pay a bit less moving forward.
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