By Devon Smith
It has been a busy few weeks for President Trump. Between a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) visit and a one on one meeting with polarizing Russian President, Vladimir Putin, Trump has been under the microscope and perhaps for good reason- depending on who you ask.
President Trump was, unsurprisingly, critical of our allies in the NATO alliance. In particular, he cited their begrudged spending for defense after pledging a minimum of 2% GDP in 2014 following Russia’s aggressive actions against Ukraine.
He also looped in dialog that NATO allies should be willing and ready to renegotiate trade deals that are one sided and harmful to the US. More specifically, Trump was critical of Germany’s Prime Minister Angela Merkel, for what he called “back-door” deals with Russia to secure energy for Germany.
Following the NATO summit, President Trump sat down privately with Vladimir Putin. Since then, some members of the media have been up in arms about remarks Trump made during a joint press conference with the two leaders in Helsinki, Finland.
During the conference, Trump appeared to side with Russia regarding its feigned innocence in 2016 election interference allegations, effectively throwing the U.S. intelligence community under the bus.
Trump came under fire for the comments and has since backtracked, citing he meant to say “wouldn’t" but accidentally said “would."
Regardless, President Trump has maintained that his closed door meeting was successful and will prove beneficial in the long run.
Some people HATE the fact that I got along well with President Putin of Russia. They would rather go to war than see this. It’s called Trump Derangement Syndrome!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 18, 2018
As for the media reaction, Trump blames the hysteria on “Trump Derangement Syndrome”. Join us to discuss further on We Need To Talk.