Analysis: WaPo uses war lingo to describe Trump’s actions at Euro summit

This took me like three seconds to notice.  These Democrat Party stenographers just can’t help themselves, and it’s so obvious to the rest of us.  They have become nothing but clowns.  Knowing that these are searchable articles on google, it appears that WaPo is trying to tie Trump’s actions in foreign policy to strong warlike words that are searched often.

Here’s the text, with highlights added:

President Trump reaffirmed U.S. support for NATO Thursday, after he upended a summit here to admonish leaders and demand that they quickly increase their defense spending.

Trump’s ambush jolted the transatlantic alliance, and some diplomats perceived his comments as threatening a U.S. withdrawal from NATO. But Trump later declared in a news conference, “I believe in NATO,” and, as he prepared to depart Brussels, he reiterated that the United States is committed to its Western allies.

“I told people that I’d be very unhappy if they did not up their commitments very substantially,” Trump told reporters after the meeting. “Everyone’s agreed to substantially up their commitment. They are going to up it at levels never thought of before.”

NATO member nations committed in 2014 to spend 2 percent of gross domestic product on defense by 2024. It was not immediately clear what specific new commitments had been made. Trump said that leaders responded to his demands by agreeing to reach that goal soon.

“Ultimately, that will be going up quite a bit higher than that,” Trump said at the news conference, after privately calling Wednesday on leaders to double their commitments to 4 percent of gross domestic product.

Trump’s focus on defense spending rocked the NATO summit on its final day. He used a morning meeting to discuss Georgia and Ukraine, two countries with tense relations with Russia to trumpet his spending concerns and rail against European countries, including Germany and Spain, for failing to contribute more to their defenses and for relying too heavily on the largesse of the United States. The moment sent “everyone into a tailspin,” according to one diplomat briefed on the morning’s events. Trump came armed with facts and figures, and it appeared to be a well-planned attack.

Trump last week told senior aides he was going to make threats about defense spending and that he was determined to flip the table over before he left, a senior administration official said ahead of Thursday’s drama, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive summit planning.

That tough message was transmitted clearly.

“Everyone in the room understood we would be coming to a disaster if we did not resolve this situation today,” one of the officials present for the conversation said. The official said there was fear Trump could repeat his performance at the Group of Seven summit last month, when he pulled his consent from the declaration in a fit of pique after first agreeing to it. If that happened at NATO, officials said, the alliance could be sent into a tailspin.

In his discussions with Europeans, Trump also complained about the expense of NATO’s new $1.4 billion headquarters. He noted that he knew the architect and believed NATO officials overpaid for the building, according to two officials with knowledge of the conversation.

“The discussion left many people in the room confused about what the actual position of the United States is or what the consequences would be,” said Amanda Sloat, a scholar at the Brookings Institution who was briefed by an official in the room. “His remarks were essentially a bombshell that went off and caused NATO officials to scramble to interpret what he meant.”

Throughout his presidency, Trump has railed against European allies for not paying more for the defenses. And he continued beating that drum in a pair of tweets he fired off Thursday morning from the Brussels residence where he stayed, before arriving at NATO headquarters for meetings.


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