The left is fond of promoting the conspiracy theory that President Donald Trump is a puppet of Russia’s leader Vladimir Putin.
But unlike Trump’s predecessor, former president Barack Obama, whose moves always seemed to be helpful or beneficial to Russia, Trump’s actions have not.
He’s sent weapons to Ukraine to protect against Russia, dropped bombs on Russia’s ally Syria (when Obama wouldn’t) in order to stop them from using chemical weapons and supported American pipelines and coal (which had been stopped and/or impaired by Obama), impairing Russia’s control of oil.
His NATO meeting was another example of this.
From Biz Pac Review:
President Trump smacked down deadbeat NATO members for demanding U.S. protection against Russia while they continue to bankroll their purported enemy by pouring billions into Russia’s pockets through lucrative oil and gas deals.
“We’re protecting Germany, we’re protecting France,” Trump told NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg at a heated breakfast meeting. “We’re protecting all these countries…And then these countries go out and make a pipeline deal with Russia where they’re paying billions of dollars into the coffers of Russia. So we’re supposed to protect you against Russia, but you’re paying billions of dollars to Russia. I think that’s very inappropriate.”
Great point. It doesn’t make a lot of sense.
If Russia were to impede Germany’s oil suddenly, it would put them in a precarious position.
And then you’re tempting the neighbors to be weak and do the same and draw closer to Russia.
All the while complaining to the U.S. and saying give us more money to protect against Russia which is the “greatest threat” to the alliance.
“Germany is totally controlled by Russia,” Trump said, referring to Nord Stream 2, Germany’s proposed $12 billion gas pipeline deal with Russia. “I think it’s very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russia.”
Trump continued: “We’re supposed to be guarding against Russia, but Germany goes out and pays billions and billions of dollars a year to Russia.”
NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg meekly countered that NATO is stronger when all its members stand together, but Trump didn’t buy his empty pleas.
“NATO is the alliance of 29 nations, and there’s some disagreements,” Stoltenberg said. “Gas from Russia to Germany is where the allies disagree. Despite the differences, we’ve always been able to protect and defend each other. We’re stronger together than apart.”
But you’re not standing together if you’re buying from everyone’s proclaimed enemy, as Trump properly noted.
Trump clapped back: “How can you ‘be together’ when a country is getting its energy from the person you want protection against? You’re just making Russia richer.”
Trump added: “[The United States] is supposed to protect Germany, but they’re getting their energy from Russia. Explain that. It can’t be explained.”
"Germany is totally controlled by Russia": President Trump took a few jabs at Germany during a combative breakfast kicking off a NATO summit in Brussels. https://t.co/0IMmIdoZuB pic.twitter.com/AqiotVpHGo
— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 11, 2018
And Sen. Tom Cotton explained further:
Doesn’t sound much like a Russian puppet, does he?
And while prior presidents have complained about NATO not paying their fair share, they didn’t press the issue, Trump reiterated his position that the other NATO nations have to start paying their fair share of the bill. He said. “I have to bring it up because it’s unfair to our country and our taxpayers. I think these countries have to step it up, not over a 10-year period, but immediately.”
The other countries are only supposed to pay 2% of their GDP and even countries like Estonia are being compliant but others, like Germany, are not.
The U.S. paid $650 billion, or 73% of the NATO defense budget in 2015.