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From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host3/18/17 5:45 PM 
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No, Germany doesn't owe America 'vast sums' of money for NATO

Washington Post
Fresh off the heels of a dust-up with Britain, President Trump attacked another key ally - Germany. At a news conference Friday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Trump “reiterated” his “need for our NATO allies to pay their fair share

From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host3/18/17 5:47 PM 
To: WhiteMare (WhiteMare2) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (2 of 80) 
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Donald Trump was schooled by a former NATO ambassador after he humiliated himself by showing that he doesn't know how NATO works.

From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host3/18/17 5:53 PM 
To: Cortland (KA5S) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (3 of 80) 
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When you don't attend briefings, read anything or pay attention you look like an ignorant idiot. And yes, Trump was laughed at by the entire world as an idiot yesterday (again).

Toronto Star
Trump was sharply critical of Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel during the presidential campaign, accusing her of “ruining Germany.” The two met for the first time on Friday. At a joint news conference, Trump said some NATO countries owe “vast sums” in dues, which is “very unfair to the United States” — an allegation that appeared based on an incomplete understanding of how the alliance is funded. Yet Trump misstated how NATO financing works, saying that each nation agreed to contribute 2 per cent of gross domestic product. In fact, outside of relatively small assessments to pay the physical costs of operating NATO headquarters and command facilities, the organization long ago set a goal that each member would devote at least 2 per cent of GDP to defence in their own budgets. The members contribute their capabilities to NATO, not monetary assessments. Those who haven’t reached 2 per cent, which is the majority of nations, don’t “owe” or have to make up shortfalls of the past.

From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host3/18/17 5:58 PM 
To: Jeri (azpaints)  (4 of 80) 
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The first thought that hit my head, and I am sure most folks agree, is "What a doofus..." There is no way torespect a man who behaves this poorly... (shaking head)...


The Guardian

First there was the Abe Assault, nineteen seconds of Trump trying show the Japanese prime minister who’s the boss. (Cue Abe’s eye roll.) Then came the Trudeau Standoff. Young Justin must have trained for the moment, because he leaned in deliberately, feet solidly on the ground, one hand firmly on Trump’s shoulder. The confident Canadian managed to disallow the president any primacy but instead forced a handshake among equals. Donald Trump's first 100 days as president – daily updates Read more We can’t forget the May Grab, not quite a handshake but a wildly inappropriate clutch of British Prime Minister Theresa May’s hand, as if the handsy Mr. Trump intentionally misunderstands the term “special relationship.” And now there’s the Merkel Moment. If you haven’t seen the video, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Trump are seated in the Oval Office in yellow chairs that seem color calibrated to match Trump’s yellow hair. While photographers are wildly snapping photos, someone off camera suggests a handshake which grows into a chorus of “Handshake? Handshake?” Merkel turns to Trump and asks, “Do you want to have a handshake?” Trump says nothing, does nothing, and just stares straight ahead. He sits with that signature pout on his lips, legs splayed out, and posture bent forward. In fact, he sits like the men who take up two seats on the subway, a means of transportation I’m sure he’s never used. Merkel then offers a slight shrug and turns her head away.


From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host3/18/17 5:59 PM 
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The Guardian
Donald Trump welcomes Angela Merkel to the White House: 'A calm, ponderous and dedicated European brushing up against the man whose ignorance of foreign affairs seems fathomless.'

From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host4/1/17 10:57 AM 
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Germany balks at Tillerson call for more European NATO spending

BRUSSELS U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reassured his nervous European counterparts over Washington's commitment to NATO on Friday and pressed them again to spend more on defense, triggering a rebuke from Germany.

From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host4/13/17 12:54 AM 
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Washington (CNN) Within a few hours of extraordinary political shape-shifting, President Donald Trump abandoned stances that were at the bedrock of his establishment-bashing campaign. NATO, he said, is "no longer obsolete."


From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host4/25/17 6:43 PM 
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Ivanka Trump Is Jeered in Berlin After Defending Her Father

New York Times

Ivanka Trump elicited groans and hisses on Tuesday from some members of the audience at a conference in Germany after she defended her father's attitude and record on women, calling him a “tremendous champion” of families.


From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host5/25/17 12:56 PM 
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Once again, Trump makes a complete jackass of himself...

Washington Post

President Trump, speaking at a ceremony Thursday to dedicate a memorial to NATO’s resolve in the wake of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, publicly chastised his fellow alliance leaders for not being “fair” to U.S. taxpayers. Trump used the occasion of his maiden summit with NATO leaders in Brussels, where he was invited to dedicate the September 2001 memorial, to remind the alliance that “23 of the 28 member nations are still not paying what they should be paying and what they are supposed to be paying,” and that they owe “massive amounts” from past years. European leaders who gathered from across the alliance gazed at Trump without expression...Trump’s speech was likely to disappoint leaders who had hoped for a public commitment from the U.S. president to NATO’s security guarantees, which he called into question during his presidential campaign last year when he said he would check a country’s defense spending before coming to its aid. Trump’s Cabinet officials have made the direct pledge in recent months, but top officials of other NATO allies said that Trump’s personal guarantee would eliminate any lingering doubts...NATO has officially pledged that all members will reach the goal of spending at least 2 percent of their gross domestic product on defense by 2024. Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg noted Thursday morning that overall spending among members has been up for two years in a row...Immediately after his speech, the subdued leaders gathered for a “family photograph” — a standard feature of such summits. As they chatted among themselves, Trump was left alone at the podium.


From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host5/26/17 7:50 AM 
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During a meeting with top leaders of the European Union, President Donald Trump said “the Germans are bad, very bad,” according to participants in the room who spoke to German weekly news magazine Der Spiegel...Another German newspaper, Süddeutsche Zeitung, reported that E.U. representatives felt their U.S. counterparts did not understand that the E.U. negotiates trade agreements as a single entity, rather than on a country-to-country basis. That is, the U.S. can negotiate trade deals with the E.U. as a whole, but not individually with the separate members of the E.U. Der Spiegel reported that Gary Cohn, the director of Trump’s National Economic Council, appeared to believe that the U.S. could negotiate different trade deals with Germany and Belgium.


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