Posted by Curt on 25 May, 2017 at 11:16 am. 21 comments already!



Via the Free Beacon, there are people on social media grumbling about this clip, as though it’s rude or impolitic or whatever for him to do this. Are they kidding? This is practically a campaign commercial for Trump. Even I caught a little MAGA buzz watching Macron and the rest of the gang smirk as he nudged them to take their defense obligations more seriously. In particular, telling the EU’s luminaries in Brussels that forcing America to pick up their slack is “not fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States” may be the single finest nationalist moment Trump has had as president. All I could imagine watching it was one of those focus-group graphs that the cable news channels like to use during presidential debates to show how the group is reacting to the candidates moment by moment. Trump would have been off the charts, especially when the camera panned to a stone-faced Angela Merkel.

It seems his colleagues didn’t like the lecture. This is probably also worth a few extra job-approval points:

To be scrupulously fair, the smirking from Macron et al. may have been due mainly to what Trump says about countries “owing” NATO for underpayment in the past. That’s not how it works, as America’s own secretary of defense acknowledges. They’re supposed to spend two percent of GDP on their own defense, not as “dues” to NATO or whatever.

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