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Trump beats up NATO members in American protection racket

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President Trump wants the others to cough up more dough for the “protection” provided to them by the United States. The American leader berated European heads of state as if they were naughty children, accusing them of “freeloading” on US military power for their defense over many decades, and of giving nothing back.

Trump singled out Germany in particular for his sharpest dressing down. He accused the top European economic power of being “controlled by Russia” owing to its supposed dependence on Russian oil and gas. Trump used that claim as a form of blackmail, alleging that Germany has been giving billions of dollars to Moscow for energy supplies, while cheating on financial payments to NATO because it relies on US military defenses.

It was a shocking display of contempt by the American president, the like of which has never been seen before from any US leader in the almost 70 years of the NATO alliance’s existence.

“It’s all gone crazy,” said one European envoy referring to the turmoil in Brussels this week caused by Trump. And Trump was not backing down either. He told the NATO members that he expected them to double their national military budgets – to a level of 4 percent of Gross Domestic Product.

....On top of it all, Germany just started paying Russia, the country they want protection from, Billions of Dollars for their Energy needs coming out of a new pipeline from Russia. Not acceptable! All NATO Nations must meet their 2% commitment, and that must ultimately go to 4%!

NATO’s titular head, Jens Stoltenberg, tried to placate the bullish Trump by saying that other members of the alliance were planning to increase aggregate spending by some $266 billion over the next seven years.

Some observers noted that the behavior of Trump was like a gangster boss driving into a neighborhood, demanding that protection fees be........

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