President Donald Trump is scheduled to go abroad this week, spending a brief interlude in the UK before heading to Helsinki to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 16th.
Ahead of the trip, President Trump continues to berate NATO, raising concerns that he’s alienating allies while pursuing a misguided diplomatic strategy towards Russia.
“The United States is spending far more on NATO than any other Country. This is not fair, nor is it acceptable. While these countries have been increasing their contributions since I took office, they must do much more. Germany is at 1%, the U.S. is at 4%, and NATO benefits…….” Trump railed on Twitter Monday.
On Fox News Monday, Associated Press reporter Lisa Lerer told Fox host Shepard Smith that the administration’s approach to NATO is sowing distrust and chaos among America’s allies.
“The lack of trust in those communications, the Europeans don’t know who to talk to … the Trump Administration has fractured the alliance even more and made information hard to come by,” Lerer said.
“Just as Vladimir Putin might have wanted it and dreamed of it for a long, long time,” Smith replied.
‘Squish brained’: Trump brutally mocked for claiming Medal of Honor recipient killed insurgent ‘wearing a wardrobe’
In a bizarre moment of awarding the Medal of Honor to an Iraq War veteran, President Donald Trump pivoted from his remarks to say that the soldier was attacked by someone "wearing a wardrobe." Typically when Trump fumbles his remarks, he restates them. In this case, he said the correct phrase and then changed it to something strange.
Trump elicits unintentional laughter in Oval Office meeting: My wars ‘don’t need exit strategies’
President Donald Trump revealed on Tuesday that he does not use exit strategies when planning for war.
During an Oval Office press gaggle, the president was asked if he had a plan for ending a possible war with Iran.
"You're not going to need an exit strategy," Trump opined, possibly misunderstanding the term. "I don't need exit strategies."
Some in the room could be heard audibly laughing as the president answered.
Watch the video below from CNN.
Republican humiliates himself at Senate hearing as his attempt to nail Instagram for liberal bias falls apart
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) on Tuesday fell flat on his face when he tried to get technology experts to admit that major social media platforms were biased against conservatives.
While talking with assorted experts on artificial intelligence and algorithms, Johnson said that he had his staff members go to Politico's Instagram account and record what other recommendations the app gave to them after following it.
According to Johnson, the vast majority of recommendations that came back were for news websites like the Washington Post or progressive outlets like Huffington Post, and none were for right-wing websites such as Breitbart.