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NATO allies looked at Trump like an ‘old uncle’ who ‘gets nuts’ during wild rants: European diplomat

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Many European diplomats were flabbergasted by President Donald Trump’s wild rants against Germany and other key NATO allies during this week’s NATO summit.

One European official tells Axios’ Jonathan Swan that many allies simply had no idea how to react to some of the president’s fact-free tirades against NATO countries, such as his declaration that alliance members should double the amount that they plan to spend on defense by 2024.

“Usual Trump: a stream of incoherent sentences,” the official tells Swan. “The allies looked the other way as when the old uncle gets nuts.”

The official nonetheless added, however, that the NATO summit went about “the best it could be considering the person” who is President of the United States.

Swan also writes that European allies were left “spinning” after Trump took credit for supposedly forcing NATO allies into agreeing to defense spending increases that they had already agreed to years ago.

“Nobody agreed to spend more than the previously agreed-upon 2 percent target,” writes Swan. “Following Trump’s remarks, French President Macron reiterated that the NATO members only agreed to the spending levels they’d previously agreed to in 2014.”

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Trump biographer mocks president for humiliating foreign policy ‘triple fail’

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Trump biographer Timothy O'Brien on Monday published a column for Bloomberg in which he mocked the president for suffering a humiliating foreign policy "triple fail" that exposed his presidency's biggest weaknesses.

In his column, O'Brien pointed out that Trump's threats of major actions against Mexico and Iran never amounted to anything, while also noting that the president backed off his plans to begin the mass deportations of undocumented immigrants.

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How the New York Times creates credibility for Trump

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There’s a good reason why the Times decided against running on its front page news of the latest woman to accuse the president of rape. The Times still does journalism the way it always has. It gives people in power the never-ending benefit of the doubt.

When you are willing to give people in power the benefit of the doubt no matter how many times they have proven they are unworthy of that benefit, it’s not all that important when the 16th person comes forward credibly to accuse Donald Trump of anything, even if, in the case of columnist E. Jean Carroll, the allegation is rape.

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Ex-Trump aide Jason Miller forced out of posh legal job after profane rant against House Judiciary chair

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Another former advisor to President Donald Trump is being "retired" from their position after a social media rant about House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY), the Daily Beast reported.

Miller was working as a managing director at a prominent Washington, D.C. consulting firm before the rant, but after it is "parting ways."

“I have parted ways with Teneo by mutual consent and look forward to formally announcing my next move in the coming weeks,” Miller said in a statement. “Teneo is an incredible firm and without a doubt the premier CEO consultancy on the planet. They have always been great to me and I’m proud to have called them teammates for the past two and a half years.”

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