Donald Trump may be out of the country, but he’s still causing America to implode from afar.
Earlier today, the unhinged president caused tons of upset and controversy when he trashed our NATO allies right as the NATO summit began. Trump called our allies “delinquent” because he feels they are not paying enough for their defense. Trump’s words were:
In many countries, they owe us a tremendous amount of money from many years back where they’re delinquent, as far as I’m concerned, because the United States has had to pay for them,” he said. “So if you go back 10 or 20 years, you just add it all up, it’s massive amounts of money is owed, the United States has paid, and stepped up like nobody.”
This pissed off just about everyone, including a few top Republicans. Hours after Trump ripped NATO allies, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan sent a message to Trump by opposing him and calling our allies “indispensable.”
Ryan, who has earned the reputation of being one of the most spineless Republicans in the GOP, was actually so disturbed by Trump’s comments that he spoke out against the president. Of course, his remarks were a soft hit at Trump because Ryan is still a coward at heart, but it’s a nice baby step. Ryan said:
I subscribe to the view that we should not be criticizing our president while he’s overseas. NATO is indispensable. It is as important today as it ever has been.”
Ryan also stated that the House would be voting on a resolution later today which would express support for our NATO allies.
Of course, no Republican opposition to Trump goes without a step backward. GOPers are absolutely terrified of Trump and even when they call him out, they usually soften the blow. Ryan followed up his opposition with this bit about NATO spending obligations:
With respect to Nord Stream 2, we’ve been bringing that up with our allies as well … Every time I’ve met with our allies in Europe I’ve raised these same concerns about Nord Stream 2. The president is right to point out that our NATO allies need to adhere to their commitments.
Germany is the largest economy in the [European Union]. Germany should be committing 2 percent to defense like they agreed to in the Wales conference.”
While we can’t expect much from Republicans, at least they are willing to tell the president to stop trashing our allies.
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