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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Burning down the house

I'm tellin' ya, it can always get worse!

Trump had two versions of prepared remarks for the dinner [for the meeting of NATO leaders], one that took a traditional tack and one prepared by the more NATO-skeptic advisors, Stephen Miller and Steve Bannon. “He dumped both of them and improvised,” one source briefed on the dinner told FP.

During the dinner, Trump went off-script to criticize allies again for not spending enough on defense. (The United States is one of only five members that meets NATO members’ pledge to spend 2 percent of GDP on defense.)

Several sources briefed extensively on the dinner say he said 2 percent wasn’t enough and allies should spend 3 percent of GDP on defense, and he even threatened to cut back U.S. defense spending and have Europeans dole out “back pay” to make up for their low defense spending if they didn’t pony up quickly enough. Two sources say Trump didn’t mention Russia once during the dinner.

“Oh, it was like a total shitshow,” said one source, who spoke on condition of anonymity as they weren’t authorized to discuss the closed-door dinner.

“The dinner was far worse than the speech,” said a former senior U.S. government official briefed on dinner. “It was a train wreck. It was awful.”

O, the humanities!


Blogger The Thought Criminal said...

The saddest thing is that the idiot had no idea what he was repeating, no doubt something Bannon or Kushner or someone equally stupid had said.

I do know one thing, if the constitutional, legal and social mechanisms that produced Trump aren't corrected, American democracy is done for, murdered by lies.

7:38 PM  
Blogger Rmj said...

He's convinced himself that money is "pouring in" or even is due to the U.S. from NATO allies. Frankly, he's so stupid and so delusional from being so stupid, it's scary.

8:39 PM  

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