Trump takes Macron to task over NATO- NATO Defense Expenditure chart

Despite all of the chaos and controversy, Trump’s demands have resulted in more countries sharing NATO’s financial burden. In 2017, five countries met the goal of spending 2 percent of their GDP on defense and that has now increased to nine according to the alliance’s latest budgetary data.

The U.S. is set to spend over $730 billion on its military this year and it’s joined above the 2 percent threshold by Bulgaria (3.25 percent), Greece (2.28 percent), the United Kingdom (2.14 percent), Estonia (2.14 percent), Romania (2.04 percent), Lithuania (2.03 percent), Latvia (2.01 percent) and Poland (2 percent).

Despite the improvement, Trump still isn’t happy with spending levels and before he left for London, he reiterated his views that the U.S. is contributing too much, calling other alliance members “delinquent”. America’s allies fear the president’s stance could pose a threat to NATO’s survival and in September, then National Security Advisor John Bolton said that Trump could take America “full isolationist” if he wins a second term next November.

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The time has come for others to do the heavy lifting in Europe and elsewhere. As if that is not enough, Europe refuses to take back their ISIS fighters retained in Syria. No doubt they figure we will take care of that as well. Good for Trump. His reward is to have the Democrats run their impeachment circus today.

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Trump And Macron Hold Tense Meeting At NATO Summit 2019: ‘Let’s Be Serious’

This is a short clip of the Macron meeting. The full twenty minutes or so video is out there and well worth it. First time probably ever we see how the sausage is made in real time. Trump does not spare Macron.

Other than that all is well in the swamp.

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