After Trump tweets embarrassingly inaccurate info, former NATO ambassador publicly educates Trump

US President Donald Trump (C) walks away after naming US Army Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster (L) as his national security adviser and Keith Kellogg (R) as McMaster's chief of staff at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, on February 20, 2017. / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
Could he get any more embarrassing? Let's hope not.

This morning Donald Trump once again took to Twitter to show his utter ignorance and misunderstanding of how the world operates. On the heels of his widely mocked, embarrassing, petulant, child-like behavior with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, he simply couldn’t help himself this morning:

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump

Despite what you have heard from the FAKE NEWS, I had a GREAT meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Nevertheless, Germany owes.....



Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump

...vast sums of money to NATO & the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany!


Needless to say, people who know better immediately began correcting the President of the United States about how NATO is funded. The most notable of Twitter teachers who gave Trump a lesson in how NATO works was Ivo Daalder, the former United States Ambassador to NATO:

1/ Sorry, Mr. President, that’s not how NATO works. The US decides for itself how much it contributes to defending NATO.


2/ This is not a financial transaction, where NATO countries pay the US to defend them. It is part of our treaty commitment.

Ivo Daalder @IvoHDaalder

3/ All NATO countries, including Germany, have committed to spend 2% of GDP on defense by 2024. So far 5 of 28 NATO countries do.

 

Ivo Daalder @IvoHDaalder

4/ Those who currently don’t spend 2% of their GDP on defense are now increasing their defense budgets. That’s a good thing.


5/ But no funds will be paid to the US. They are meant to increase NATO’s overall defense capabilities, given the growing Russian threat.

6/ Europe must spend more on defense, but not as favor (or payment) to the US. But because their security requires it.

Ivo Daalder @IvoHDaalder


7/ US does provide large military commitment to NATO. But this is not a favor to Europe. It is vital for our own security.

8/ We fought two world wars in Europe, and one cold war. Keeping Europe whole, free, and at peace, is vital US interest.

9/ A strong, united NATO, in which all contribute their fair share to defense, will secure that peace for all Alliance members.




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