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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.

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“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 literally just confessed to the crime’: Pennsylvania Democrat

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Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-PA) believes President Donald Trump confessed to bribing or extorting Ukraine in an effort to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.

The president told reporters Monday morning at the United Nations that he had withheld foreign aid from Ukraine as he discussed alleged corruption involving Biden, the Democratic presidential frontrunner.

"It's very important to talk about corruption," Trump. "If you don't talk about corruption, why would you give money to a country that you think is corrupt?...It's very important that on occasion you speak to somebody about corruption."

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Trump’s jumbled response to Ukraine scandal is a strong signal of what’s to come: columnist

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On Monday, President Donald Trump denied allegations that he extorted the president of Ukraine for information about Joe Biden. “It’s a ridiculous story,” Trump said during an appearance at the United Nations.

The controversy emerged after an anonymous whistleblower in the intelligence community logged a complaint with their agency about improper behavior by the president on a phone call with a foreign leader. “It’s a partisan whistleblower,” the president added.

Previously, the president's lawyer Rudy Giuliani had traveled to Ukraine to dig up dirt on Joe Biden. Critics worry that during a conversation with the president of Ukraine about rooting out corruption in his country, Trump suggested he offer information about Biden in exchange for funding.

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FBI arrests far-right extremist who talked about ‘bombing a major U.S. news network’: report

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The FBI has arrested a member of the United States Army who allegedly talked about plans to carry out acts of violence in the U.S.

According to ABC News' Mike Levine, the arrested man "allegedly discussed plans to bomb a major U.S. news network, discussed traveling to Ukraine to fight with violent far-right group, and allegedly distributed info online on how to build bombs."

Levine also reports that the arrested man also made mention of Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke, who made headlines during a recent primary debate by saying he wanted to confiscate AR-15s and AK-47s. It is not known at this time if the man made a direct threat to O'Rourke, however.

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