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EU President Slams Trump Prior To NATO Summit, “Appreciate Your Allies…You Don’t Have That Many”

President Trump is headed to Brussels for this week’s NATO summit. Ahead of the summit, the president attacked NATO. In talk reminiscent of last months debacle at the G7, where the president completely alienated the United State’s closest allies and withdrew from the group’s joint communique.

Top on the president’s list of NATO complaints is the assertion that NATO members do not pay their fair share toward the alliance. He tweeted on Tuesday morning, before departing for Brussels. In his tweet he complained about NATO writing:

“Getting ready to leave for Europe. First meeting – NATO. The U.S. is spending many times more than any other country in order to protect them. Not fair to the U.S. taxpayer. On top of that we lose $151 Billion on Trade with the European Union. Charge us big Tariffs (& Barriers)!”

He added, “NATO countries must pay MORE, the United States must pay LESS. Very Unfair!”

NATO allies, already on edge about the president’s upcoming one on one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, responded to the president’s attacks on Tuesday. Donald Tusk is the president of the European Union. He too is in Brussels for the NATO summit. He warned the president against fighting with allies.

Tusk and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg issued a joint statement in response to Trump’s complaints. Tusk warned the president, “it is always worth knowing who is your strategic friend and who is your strategic problem.” Tusk added, “Dear America, appreciate your allies. After all, you don’t have that many.” He went on to refute the president’s assertion that Europe does not pay their way in the NATO alliance.

NBC Nightly News tweeted the message writing: “EU President Tusk’s message to President Trump ahead of NATO summit: ‘Dear America, appreciate your allies, after all, you don’t have that many.’”

 

 

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