Former NATO ambassador publicly educates Trump after he tweets wildly incorrect information

A former NATO official just publicly educated President Trump after his ignorant Twitter tirade about Germany’s role in the organization.

Saturday morning, President Trump picked up his phone and criticized “fake news” reports about his meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and doubled down on his claim during the campaign that Germany should have to pay more to the U.S. and NATO to reimburse the “vast sums” of money spent on Germany’s national security. Ivo Daalder, who is the former U.S. ambassador to NATO, smacked down Trump’s argument in front of the entire internet.

In his own Twitter tirade, Daalder explained the basics of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to the 45th President of the United States, including the fact that Germany doesn’t owe the U.S. or NATO a penny, as both the U.S. and Germany have both committed to spending a certain percentage of their national GDP on protecting all of the countries who are members of NATO.

In the years following World War II, NATO was created by twelve different countries as a means of establishing a network of national security partners in both North America and Western Europe to guard against international threats. While the U.S. contributes financially and militarily to support NATO, none of the 28 other member nations owe any money back to the U.S., as America’s contribution is done as a means of deterring any potential attacks on its European allies.

While on the campaign trail, Donald Trump referred to the treaty organization as “obsolete,” saying it was costing the U.S. a “fortune.”

“[NATO is] costing us too much money. And frankly they have to put up more money,” Trump told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in a 2016 interview. “They’re going to have to put some up also. We’re paying disproportionately. It’s too much. And frankly it’s a different world than it was when we originally conceived of the idea.”

Ever since Russian President Vladimir Putin’s 2014 invasion of the Crimean peninsula in Ukraine, NATO has been building up forces in old Soviet bloc countries as a means of stopping Putin from making further incursions into the Baltic region. Putin has accused NATO of pressuring Ukraine to join, though NATO insists on its website that two Ukrainian leaders both expressed an interest in joining, and that international sovereignty takes precedent over NATO membership.

“Article 13 of the Washington Treaty specifically gives Allies the right to leave,” the website states. “Over the past 65 years, 28 countries have chosen freely, and in accordance with their domestic democratic processes, to join NATO. Not one has asked to leave. This is their sovereign choice.”

 

Tom Cahill is a writer for the Resistance Report based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him via email at [email protected], or follow him on Facebook