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Monday, January 16, 2017

CNN slams Trump for saying "NATO is very important to me."

Two can play this Fake News game, CNN.

First, what President Trump said to the Sunday Times of London and Der Bild:
"Countries aren't paying their fair share so we're supposed to protect countries but a lot of these countries aren't paying what they're supposed to be paying, which I think is very unfair to the United States. With that being said, NATO is very important to me."
Trump also said:
"I said a long time ago NATO had problems. Number one it was obsolete, because it was, you know, designed many, many years ago. Number two — the countries aren't paying what they're supposed to pay. I took such heat, when I said NATO was obsolete. It's obsolete because it wasn't taking care of terror. I took a lot of heat for two days. And then they started saying Trump is right — and now — it was on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, they have a whole division devoted now to terror, which is good."
So the President Trump was saying the opposite of obsolete. He was saying that he helped cause NATO to become relevant again in fighting terrorism.

In fact, Trump calling NATO obsolete in fighting terror was old news. The news now is that he no longer sees it as obsolete.

While he overlooked NATO's vast aid in defeating the Taliban in Afghanistan, I think it is a fair assessment.

But using partial quotes, CNN depicted Trump as a pawn of Putin who is about to give Russia Poland, the Baltic states, and Fulda.

From Fake News CNN:
Trump rattles NATO with 'obsolete' blast
Donald Trump's accusation that NATO is "obsolete" has led to "astonishment and agitation" within the alliance, Germany's foreign minister has said.
Speaking in Brussels before a meeting of EU foreign ministers, Frank-Walter Steinmeier suggested the alliance was rattled by the remarks by Trump.
In a joint interview with the Times of London and the German publication Bild, Trump signaled that US foreign policy in a range of areas could be turned on its head. He suggested that sanctions imposed after Russia's annexation of Crimea could be eased in return for a deal to reduce nuclear weapons, that German Chancellor Angela Merkel had pursued "catastrophic" policies on refugees, and that his son-in-law Jared Kushner could lead a Middle East peace effort.
Speaking in Berlin, Merkel shrugged off the interview, saying she would make no substantive comment before Trump was inaugurated.
NATO said it was "absolutely confident" that the US would remain "committed" to the organization.
Most people get that President Trump is negotiating with NATO to quit relying so much on the United States to protect the European Union. His statements are a bargaining position.

But Fake News CNN is pushing its anti-Trump agenda. Clumsily.

The lesson is simple. Before you react to a story quoting Trump, read the whole quote.

By the way, the Sunday Times of London is a revered publication, while Der Bild is its opposite.

CNN is Daily Kos dumbed down for television.


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  1. "CNN is Daily Kos dumbed down for television."
    Boy howdy, Don, you said a mouthful!

  2. This all goes along with his opponents taking him literally and not seriously, all the while they are the unserious ones.

  3. IIRC a lot of people were saying NATO was obsolete going back 25 years.

  4. "Der Bild"

    Shouldn't you have used the lesser known Germanic vocative definite article there, Don?

    You know ... "Duh Bild".

  5. Merkel is hurting her country but she won't pay for it and will escape unscathed except by the historians. On the other hand she will not be able to refuse coughing up more for NATO after she squandered billions on Greece and Trump knows this I think. How far Putin will go in pressing from the east I have no idea but he really doesn't have the money for war given oil prices. CNN are into Trump as warmonger or Trump as coward and stooge depending on focus group testing. My sincere wish is for Trump to kick the press out of the White House. Let him do good things for the economy without their approval or even knowledge. Take the country back from them. They have been mistreating her for so long.

    1. WILL Merkel escaped unscathed the wrath of her countryfolk?

      The history of the leaders of various European leaders over the years might suggest otherwise.

    2. I think some European leaders are beginning to realize---somewhat too late---that they have more too fear from Merkel and Germany than from Putin and Russia. The migrant invasion and Islamization of Europe under Merkel's approving eye will be devastating to European culture and comity. Under the strain of the huge demographic and societal changes that are now underway, it could even lead to the collapse of the EU and the hopes for a united Europe. That strikes me as more of a threat than the sabre-rattling of Putin.

    3. The Europeans and the Russians never found an effective way to deal with Germany from the time of Bismarck at a cost of millions of lives. Perhaps they never will.

    4. I would like to see Merkel pay but the good soldier attitude of the Germans will probably prevent it for some time.

  6. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said the US president-elect's view that NATO was obsolete and his criticism that European allied members aren't paying their fair share had "caused astonishment."

    In Berlin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted: "We Europeans have our fate in our own hands."

    The facts are that Europe is supposed to spend 2% of their GNP but they average only 1.43%. We spend 2.8 times more on their defense than they do. Worse spending has been declining and their major armaments - airplanes, tanks and ships sit idle in disrepair. Europe recovered from war damage long ago and Ronaldus Maximus shut down the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact for them. They have their own economic engine, the EU, to produce funds for self-defense. All we are doing is permitting money to be diverted toward more socialism.

    1. Then when the SHTF they scream "Hellllp Uniiiited Staaates !
      savvve uuusss!"
      I had family in WW1 and 2
      I see a pattern here..
      "I'd rather have a German Division in front of me than a French one benhind me."
      Gen. Patton..

  7. Tel you one thing, TG.

    European lefties better be aware from now on that the cameras are running and the facial recognition software is activated.

    Join an anti-American demonstration, or similar, and you will NOT gain asylum in America when it all comes apart in Merkelstan.

  8. I was stationed over in Germany for two years and honestly never saw much point in NATO. The French didn't talk to the Germans, the Germans didn't talk to the Dutch, and the Dutch didn't talk to anybody. I say, let's change NATO to UKTO. The English are the only reliable friends we have over there. Everybody else can go pound edelweiss or some such....

  9. It's past time for the Europeans to put on their big boy pants and provide more funds and manpower for their own defense. The first big task for their militaries will probably be to rid themselves of the pestilential Muslims. At least, that is, if they want to contemplate any kind of a future other than dhimmitude. - Elric