Defiant Trump Slams NATO and More
(RightWing.org) – As the impeachment trial got underway in the Senate Tuesday, an apparently unconcerned President Trump was in Davos, Switzerland attending the World Economic Forum. Ignoring the chaos at home, he spoke out against environmental alarmism and “prophets of doom,” as well as coming back to the theme of other NATO members not carrying their fair share of the alliance’s spending.
This year’s theme at the elite World Economic Forum in Davos was environmentalism. Climate activists were invited, and the organizers even flew in a vegan chef from Canada to handle the catering. The highlight was a speech from the unqualified 17-year-old activist Greta Thunberg. President Trump was having none of it.
- When President Trump stepped out of Marine One at Davos he found “Act on climate” written in the snow on the helipad. However, once inside and addressing the conference, he preferred to talk about how the US economy is thriving under his administration.
- Ignoring both events at home and the green theme of the conference, the president encouraged businesses to invest and operate in the US.
- He was also scheduled to meet new EU president Ursula von der Leyen, in a move that could defuse the trade tensions currently building up between America and the EU. Trump has threatened a 25% tariff on European cars if the trade block continues its attacks on US tech firms.
- For Thunberg and her followers, the president had nothing but disdain. In a thinly disguised reference to the Swedish teenager, he warned against the “perennial prophets of doom” who insist that we wipe out our whole economy.
- Trump was also scathing about Thunberg’s politics, referring to environmentalists — by which he obviously meant Thunberg — as “pessimists” and “fortune tellers,” as well as “radical socialists.” This is a touchy subject for many Greens because their economic policies really are socialist.
- The president also returned to the subject of NATO defense spending, which he’s talked about before. All members of the alliance are committed to spending at least 2% of their GDP on defense, but only a handful actually do that. The US, which spends 3.5%, pays a grossly disproportionate amount of NATO’s hardware and manpower bills.
- NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg acknowledges that many members still aren’t paying enough, but he did point out that President Trump’s hard-line on the subject has unlocked over $40 billion in additional spending by European members — and by the end of this year, that will be $100 billion. The president’s tough words might not be popular with everyone, but they seem to be working.
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