Trump assures NATO “I’m a very stable genius”

Donald Trump’s visit to a NATO summit in Brussels has been controversial, but he has assured them “I’m a very stable genius”. He didn’t claim he was modest.

Sky News – President Donald Trump at NATO summit: ‘I’m a very stable genius’

He also claimed success at NATO – Trump claims NATO victory after ‘go it alone’ ultimatum

Donald Trump claimed a personal victory at a NATO summit on Thursday after telling European allies to increase spending or lose Washington’s support, an ultimatum that forced leaders to huddle in a crisis session with the U.S. president.

He has a habit of claiming instant success.

Trump emerged declaring his continued commitment to a Western alliance built on U.S. military might that has stood up to Moscow since World War Two.

People present said he had earlier warned he would “go it alone” if allies, notably Germany, did not make vast increases in their defense budgets for next year.

“I let them know that I was extremely unhappy,” he said, but added that the talks ended on the best of terms: “It all came together at the end. It was a little tough for a little while.”

However other leaders seem to have seen things a bit differently.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who called the summit “very intense”, and other leaders including French President Emmanuel Macron, played down the extent to which they had pledged to accelerate spending plans as fast as Trump wanted.

And:

If victory is dominating the headlines then Trump has had a victory at the Brussels summit.

Otherwise his degree of success is quite debatable, and it will be some time before any significant change happens as a result of his threats.

 

18 Comments

  1. Blazer

     /  July 13, 2018

    This should be a victory for Trump in that it is very hard for the NATO allies to argue against his rationale..i.e it makes sense.

  2. Gezza

     /  July 13, 2018

    It’ll ultimately be good for European countries to work out how to go it alone themselves in Defence. Blithely going along & supporting America’s politico-military interests has been disastrous for them. Their Defence spending should be focussed on protecting their own borders, not wasting squandering military budgets invading & being sucked into staying i countries America foolishly attacks for highly dubious purposes.

    America saved them (not Eastern Europe though) in WW2, for complex reasons but mainly altruistic ones – in genuine defence of freedom. Americans sacrificed their conscripts in the same cause. That war beggared Europe & enriched America. Economically & militarily it grew lime topsy & never looked back, dominating the West’s thinking & economy.

    But it’s no longer the same country, it’s not really their friend, & their interests no longer coincide.

    • Gezza

       /  July 13, 2018

      Gawd. Talk about repenting not proof-reading at leisure…
      *staying IN countries; grew LIKE Topsy

    • Blazer

       /  July 13, 2018

      There is an argument that Russia defeated Germany ,with the help of American Dodge troop carriers and equipment.

      • Gezza

         /  July 13, 2018

        American military aid (trucks, guns, fighters) certainly helped to a significant degree in the early stages & has never been acknowledged by the Russians. The US Cobra fighter supplied to Russia I think might have even been used more in Russia than in any other theatre. But once the quantity & quality of Russian arms, aircraft & equipment massively & quickly improved American aid played a minimal role.

      • Griff

         /  July 13, 2018

        Silly argument
        Considering Germany had both Ford and GM built transport.

        • Blazer

           /  July 13, 2018

          not really Germany…lost.

          ‘Far more critical to the Soviet war effort was the supply of tactical vehicles, primarily from the United States. During the war, Russia produced only 343,624 cars and lorries due to the heavy commitment of major automobile factories like GAZ to armoured vehicle production. The USA alone provided the Russians with 501,660 tactical wheeled and tracked vehicles, including 77,972 jeeps, 151,053 1-1/2-ton trucks, and 200,622 2-1/2-ton trucks.

          The aid was vital, not only because of the sheer quantity, but because of the quality. While Soviet auto­motive production concentrated almost exclusively on antiquated copies of American 1930 lorry designs, the vehicles provided under Lend-Lease were modern military designs with multiple powered axles and useful cross-country capability.
          In addition, 15,631 artillery guns and 131,633 sub-machine guns were supplied by the allies to Russia.’WW Weapons .com

          Russia tied up the Germans for a prolonged period that allowed an allied build up in the West.

          • Griff

             /  July 13, 2018

            Google ford or gm ww2 Germany.
            Henry Ford even got Nazis top honor for his services to their war effort .

            • Blazer

               /  July 13, 2018

              GERMANY LOST!

            • Griff

               /  July 13, 2018

              No need to shout
              I do know Germany lost.
              I find it rather amusing to think that yank sourced transport was central to both sides of the war.
              The T34 was probably the most significant movable technology for the russain effort.

            • IBM provided the technology to run the Holocaust ( I forget what it”s called, but those cards with holes that are used to identify this and that) and Thomas Watson, its founder, was given a knighthood by Hitler.

  3. Zedd

     /  July 13, 2018

    “Fantastic, Tremendous, Amazing, Spectacular, BEST EVER..” & more inane nonsensical tripe from the so-called ‘leader of the free world’ ??!

    Yes sounds like a real GENIUS !!! 😦

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  July 13, 2018

      … or just a performer with a sense of humour?

      • A performer who has never been told that self-praise is no recommendation.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  July 13, 2018

          This particular performer has been told everything his detractors can possibly think of but retains a sense of humour as he continues to bait them.

      • Zedd

         /  July 13, 2018

        ‘… or just a performer with a sense of humour?’ sez AW

        maybe so.. but most believe he is supposed to be POTUS.. no seriously !

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  July 13, 2018

          He is POTUS and those who voted for him are happy about that and how he is managing it. They didn’t elect him to be like all the others. They wanted change and he is delivering it as promised as per my link below.