I am told that he is talking about doing just that—along with the World Trade Organization and European Union. Axios also recently had a similar story, quoting Trump as saying at the G-7 that, “NATO is as bad as NAFTA.”
If what I am hearing is accurate, that is very worrisome. And also a great victory for one Vladimir Putin.
Arizona State professor Braden Allenby observes that Trump "has, almost without fail, implemented the Russian playbook. Attack media of target country? Check. Attack institutions of target country, especially those involved in security (e.g., FBI)? Check. Corruption of local leadership (not just Executive, but a fair number of Republicans in House)? Check. Weaken global institutional structures that impede Mr. Putin’s activities, especially in his near abroad? Check.”
It will be interesting to see what Trump says coming out of his summit meeting with Putin next month. A smart Republican friend of mine predicts that Trump will move to withdraw U.S. forces from Germany and also recognize Putin’s taking of Crimea.
Undercutting NATO also might be the Trump move that makes Mattis resign as Secretary of Defense.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Karl Munson pilots a 26-foot boat while Petty Officer 2nd Class Gabriel Diaz keeps an eye on a boarding team who is inspecting a 79-foot shrimp boat in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of New Orleans, La., on April 27, 2005
Radio transmissions to the U.S. Coast Guard are usually calls for help from boaters, but one captain got on the radio recently just to say thanks to the men and women who are currently working without pay.
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Saturday to receive the remains of four Americans killed in a suicide bombing in northern Syria.
Trump, locked in a battle with congressional Democrats that has led to a nearly month-long partial government shutdown, announced his trip via a pre-dawn tweet, saying he was going "to be with the families of 4 very special people who lost their lives in service to our Country!"