Donald Trump spent his Wednesday in Brussels for this year’s NATO summit. There, surrounded by some of the most powerful leaders of the most powerful countries on Earth, the president of the United States once again made a total ass of himself on the global stage.
First, he opened a bilateral breakfast meeting by welcoming the “the media,” adding that he meant “the legitimate media and the fake news media.” Then he got down to business, accusing Germany of being entirely under the control of (ugh, you guessed it) Russia, due to an oil pipeline deal between the two countries.
You know who some people might also describe as a “captive of Russia”? President Donald Trump! Zing! Hashtag resist, baby!!!!
This, by the way, is what Chief of Staff John Kelly was doing while Trump was ranting.
Everyone seems to be having a great time!
Trump also stood politely to watch a fancy-schmancy airshow during the summit’s opening ceremony, where, evidently, he was distracted by something—perhaps a large bumblebee.
Then it was off to one-on-one meetings with French president Emmanuel Macron and German chancellor Angela Merkel, with whom he insisted he had a “very, very good relationship,” despite essentially calling her a Russian pawn just hours earlier.
Then the president got back to business and resumed trashing everyone else, insisting that NATO member countries should not only pledge to meet the previously stated goal of devoting 2% of their GDP to defense spending, but should now hit 4%—nearly half a percent more than what the U.S. itself spends.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg brushed off the President’s sudden rate hike, telling reporters simply, “I will focus on what we have agreed, and we have agreed on 2%, so let’s start with that.”
Oh well, I guess Trump says “to-NATO” and the rest of the world says “to-NOT-o.