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Kurtz: Trump diplomatic china breaks, re –
‘MediaBuzz’ host Howard Kurtz weighs in on President Trump Breakfast in Belgium, where he has called US, the NATO allies ‘delinquent’.
How the Americans are just waking up, for Breakfast, they discovered that President Trump was Breakfast for the NATO ruined-leaders.
And many experts have had a collective case of indigestion.
The feeling of nausea was perfectly captured when MSNBC anchor Ali Velshi declared, “Wow, that looks like everyone’s nightmare Thanksgiving dinner.” A CNN banner said that the President “insults allies.”
Anyone who thought Trump would go to Brussels, smile for photos and make polite chit-wasn’t paying attention to chat.
But the press is right to be covered, this is more than a break-in-little-china-moment. What the President is doing is doing a significant challenge for the Western Alliance make a lasting impact.
Trump has not complained since taking office that some NATO members spend enough on defense, to the shoulders of the United States, too much of the load, and it is a Problem, before his term of office. But yesterday he has extended his attack in what the Washington Post called a “blistering tirade.”
Many NATO members are “delinquent” Trump told the Breakfast session, and a “back to out of debt us a tremendous amount of money for many years to come.”
And then he went to Germany, saying it was “completely out of Russia.” The reason, Trump said, is that Angela Merkel’s government is doing a $10 billion pipeline project with a huge Russian company and are excessively dependent on Russia for its energy as his “captivity.”
“We are protecting you against Russia, but they pay billions of dollars to Russia, and I think that’s very inappropriate,” he said.
Merkel hit back on a personal note, to say you grew up in “a part of Germany that was controlled by the Soviet Union,” and preferably, the present democratic state of East Germany.
The President has a bit of a point, in America, the NATO has to resist under its defense umbrella, in part to Russian aggressiveness. But all the Western countries, including the United States, the trade with Russia.
The bigger question, as Trump’s is the determination to forge a friendly relationship with Vladimir Putin, whether he sees much need for NATO, which he deprecated as”.” At this point, the post-World war II NATO Alliance is about more than the confrontation with Russia. The members of NATO worked together on the crises around the world, and U.S. and NATO troops are now stationed in Afghanistan.
The press didn’t have to look long for the critics. Chuck Schumer Trump called the comments an “embarrassment” and “other deeply-troubling signal that the President is more loyal to President Putin, as our NATO allies.”
What is striking, in just the first media freakout, is how Trump the critics are upset with his hard hitting style than with the direction of the strokes. It is an important debate, to be sure, about the future of the NATO, but many commentators are easily offended by trump’s undiplomatic approach to the challenge of our allies.
And yet, within a matter of hours after Breakfast, Trump joined the other leaders approve plan to strengthen defense against Russia and terrorism.
And that’s the thing, the many trump the critics still do not understand. To him, these meetings and summits on a show and he needs to deliver a captivating performance. It is similar to what he has with his confrontational approach to the G-7, where he had a fight with Justin Trudeau began.
And what was the sitdown with Kim Jong-un, if not a made-for-TV spectacle?
But when the limelight faded, it remains to be seen whether the management changes negotiated far-reaching (not so good in the case of North Korea) or is involved in the compromise.
And that in the end it will be more important than what Trump said about a Belgian Breakfast.
Howard Kurtz is a Fox News analyst and host of “MediaBuzz” (Sundays 11 p.m.). He is the author of “media madness: Donald Trump, the press, and The war for the truth.” You can follow him at @Howard Kurtz. Click here for more information on Howard Kurtz.