On day two of President Donald Trump’s meeting with NATO in Brussels, the President claimed that America’s European allies have agreed to a sharp increase in military spending.
On CNN Thursday, reporter Christiane Amanpour tried to pin down what that means from NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg.
“We agreed we need to spend more. There’s a new sense of urgency into investing more in our defense,” Stoltenberg said.
Amanpour tried to get the exact number.
“First and foremost, has President Trump secured a pledge from NATO allies to begin spending more. Have the allies agreed specifically to figures demanded by the President today?” she asked.
“The allies have heard his message loud and clear,” Stoltenberg said.
“For me this is a good summit.”
“I want a clear answer. Macron denies that the allies agreed to spending beyond 2%. We need to know the facts,” Amanpour demanded to know.
“There’s a new sense of urgency,” Stoltenberg parried.
They then moved on to President Trump’s accusation that Germany is beholden to Russia because they get there energy needs from Russian companies.
“There are very strong views and positions,” Stoltenberg said.
“It’s not for NATO to decide on gas pipelines.”
“For us dialogue is not a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength,” he concluded, without telling Amanpour the percent NATO allies have agreed to increase spending.
Corey Lewandowski wilts after CNN host nails him for serial dishonesty: ‘I’m as honest as I can be!’
Trump lackey Corey Lewandowski appeared on CNN Wednesday one day after he admitted to regularly telling lies during media appearances -- and host Alisyn Camerota gave him a thorough grilling.
During the interview, Camerota played Lewandowski a clip of himself telling the House Judiciary Committee that he is under no obligation to be honest when he appears on cable news shows.
Lewandowski responded to this by angrily ranting about former FBI officials James Comey and Andrew McCabe, but Camerota wouldn't let him off the hook.
"Corey, when do you lie?" she asked him. "Are you lying now, for instance?"
The Internet pummels CNN for booking Lewandowski the morning after he admitted to lying on TV: ‘Why would you do this?’
Corey Lewandowski admitted to the House Judiciary Committee that he had lied in TV appearances -- so social media users were appalled that he was booked the following morning to appear on CNN.
President Donald Trump's former campaign manager was confronted with false statements he had made in appearances on MSNBC and CNN, where he was scheduled to appear at 8 a.m. on "New Day," according to the show's executive producer.
‘Train-wreck of a witness’: Analysts nail ‘obstructive’ Corey Lewandowski for proving the Democrats’ case
Political commentator Catherine Rampell disagreed with New York Times columnist Frank Bruni that the Democrats faltered during the hearing with Corey Lewandowski Tuesday. Former state and federal prosecutor Elie Honig called Lewandowski a "train-wreck of a witness."
She explained that Democrats had an extremely low bar: they had to prove Trump obstructed justice and that Corey Lewandowski gave one of the examples of such obstructions. In that sense, Rampell said they accomplished their goals.
"I don’t think this was a great day for Corey Lewandowski," she began. "This is a guy who went on TV and announced to the world -- apparently at the same time he is also trying to fundraise for Senate -- that he lies most of the time. Except when he's under oath."