House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) made a bid to capture headlines on Sunday, releasing a statement accusing President Trump of being “brash and condescending” to NATO allies when he urged them to pay the agreed amount for shared national defense.
While in Brussels on Thursday, President Donald Trump asked members of the NATO alliance to start paying their share, saying that failure to do so affects American taxpayers.
In pointing out that 23 of 28 members had not paid enough, Trump said, “NATO members must finally contribute their fair share and meet their financial obligations.” He reminded the members that some owed a great deal of money.
Pelosi believes the president’s comments were “offensive.”
In her statement, Pelosi said: “President Trump’s brash and condescending lecture to NATO leaders disrespected our closest allies and dishonored the common defense pact that has been a guarantor of global security for nearly seven decades. His failure to affirm America’s commitment to NATO’s mutual defense pledge — invoked only once, when NATO allies rushed to our side in Afghanistan after 9/11 — is not only shameful but also dangerous. By showing his disregard for Article Five, President Trump emboldens Russian aggression in Europe.”
Critical of Trump’s first foreign trip as president, she said he didn’t achieve much during his nine days abroad.
“The President’s offensive speech offered a fitting end to a trip that achieved little beside strained relationships and diplomatic missteps,” she said. “Protecting America’s national security requires us to be strong and smart, not reckless and rash.”
Pelosi also offered the president some advice. She said the next time he meets with world leaders, “He would do well to echo the words of a great leader, President John F. Kennedy: ‘My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.’”
While Pelosi finds the presidents remarks “brash,” many cheered the comments, agreeing that the failure by some countries to pay the full amount is not fair to taxpayers in the United States. Our very own DML wrote, “Without a bold leader like Trump — someone who is truly willing to say what needs to be said no matter how uncomfortable it may make people feel — the U.S. doesn’t stand a chance on the world stage. America’s strength doesn’t come from the bottom of a Cracker Jacks box — it comes from bold leadership; the sort of leadership Trump showed in Europe and the Middle East this month.”
Trump has said his comments, while direct, were necessary to keep the alliance together. “We have to make up for the many years lost,” Trump said.
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