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Trump calls out the NATO sec. general about Germany. He says that Germany is only spending 1 percent of GDP on defense and is enriching Russia by energy contracts, and he points out how Germany's former chancellor is profiting off of the deal. Then he asks why the US should pay to protect Germany from Russia while Germany is building up their so-called "enemy". The NATO sec. general had no answer, other than "we have differences between NATO allies". Trump also says he doesn't want to hear they'll meet the increase defense expenditure in the future. He says Germany should increase it immediately.
Following Trump's line of logic, where is the perceived military threat that justifies NATO members increasing their defense spending?
Trump has repeatedly said Russia is not a threat, while simulatenously pushing for massive budget increases for the U.S. military. Why is he then urging NATO members to gear up? What could he possibly be preparing them for?
Imagine for a second how this future headline might look in RT: " NATO doubles funding since 2018 as military exercises take place near the Estonian border." Who could stand to benefit from that kind of headline?
Impossible to say, really.
Could bringing up the pipeline be a way to drive a wedge between Germany and its NATO neighbors to the east?
As for continuing to push for US military funding - it's strengthening Trump's support with his base.
Trump calls out the NATO sec. general about Germany.
Your summaries would be stronger with more neutral language and context. Trump calls out; NATO portrayed as passive...
Straight talking at its best.
to appease Papa Putin.
How so? Trump is making America an energy exporter, which hurts Russia. Instead of nuclear and coal plants, Merkel wants to build wind mills.
America has no way of exporting energy generated from nuclear and coal plants to Europe, so the U.S. energy industry wouldn't benefit from Europe's lack of dependence on Russia.
Trump's comments are simply a tactic to militarize our European allies while also deteriorating our relationship with them.
It's not only an unsound geopolitical strategy, it's highly transparent and deeply, deeply unamerican.
US exports liquid gas gained from fracking. Germany using Russian gas via Nordstream 2 is hurting American energy/economic interest. Since one of Trumps goals is to decrease the trade deficit, exporting natural gas is a great tool for him. It also allows the US more leverage if the European countries are energy dependent on the US instead of Russia, in political as well as economic terms. The US was even thinking about trying to export gas to China, although in light of recent events I am unsure about how that is going.
You're connecting dots which most don't do. Well said.