The U.S. president shocked the world by threatening to “go it alone” during NATO summit.
After berating German Chancellor Angela Merkel and no-showing to multiple meetings with various foreign leaders, the president of the United States shocked world leaders by threatening to “go it alone” unless European leaders increase their spending by January 2019.
First, he failed to appear at a scheduled meeting with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, and then the rest of his appointments began to topple like dominoes — Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Georgia — all were snubbed by the U.S. president one by one.
He also accused Germany of becoming a Russian “captive,” saying that their “delinquent” spending was indicative of their increased reliance on Russia for energy — a statement, which, by the way is patently false; Germany is one of the leaders in renewable energy with as much as 27% of the country’s electricity coming from green sources.
Then, during a meeting that was supposed to be about Georgia, Ukraine, and Afghanistan — which the president showed up late to, by the way — he decided to push his spending agenda and completely derailed the discussion.
“It’s like the world has gone crazy this morning. Trump’s performance was beyond belief.” — European diplomat to CNN
It was then that he decided to drop his bombshell demand that European leaders accomplish a spending increase they predicted would take them years in just six months.
His threat to “go it alone” should they fail to meet the spending increase by January rattled the international community and even prompted response from the president’s own party.
An image of NATO leaders looking around awkwardly has gone viral as an indication of the alliance’s unstable dynamic
Even the Republican-controlled House decided to pass a resolution calling for a “strong message of support” for NATO.
Apparently even House Speaker Paul Ryan subscribes “to the view that we should not be criticizing our president while he is overseas, but let me say a couple of things. NATO is indispensable.”
This is just the latest in a series of political blunders on the part of the president that will undoubtedly have profound impacts on the standing of the U.S. in the eyes of international leaders and communities.
Today, the president is in the U.K. where London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan has granted permission to protesters to float a 20-foot-long blimp over the city in the semblance of the U.S. president as an upset baby holding a cell phone.
Yet another incredibly clear indication of what the world abroad thinks of our country’s leader.