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The NATO meeting

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    In the Dutch newspapers there was a story about the F35, which was pushed through their throat by the US. They've got about 3 of them now; it is an total disaster about a 1000 problems and failures; the thing barely flies. Also the pilots hates that thing because it is "over" designed and creates data "overload" for a pilot to manage ( All the "screens", lights, headup displays on the helmet visor makes it "chaos") Trump wants them to buy 30 more at $ 400 million a pop. Looking at this it will make The Netherlands bankrupt. Trump threatens and bully's them to meet the 2%. Europe should be smart and refuse to buy any US made junk, also in the light of the "sanctions". Europe builds fantastic fighter planes at Aerospatiale at an cost of about $35 million a piece. France and Germany at least are objecting against the "bully" and protect their own industry.
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    I hope and pray that NATO is very careful related to NATO policies etc. so Trump does not relay those to Putin. Trump can't be trusted, that is a sure thing. They should totally negate him, also in the light of the trade wars.
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    Trump screamed again that NATO owes him lots of money; for what? However I think NATO should present him with the bill for assisting in all the US instigated wars, like assistance in Iraq and Syria, Afghanistan and other places. Also a bill should be presented for the cost of absorbing all the refugees from the middle east caused by the wars started by the US there. What help has the US given Europe? The US troops all over there are an pain in the butt and only annoying; they fly in all the food etc. thus it does not help the economy there either. They rape the local girls and then disappear back to the US. Russia is not going to attack, just because the US has troops there. They have economic ties to Europe with oil/gas and other commodities As a matter of fact Europe is safer when the US troops leave, at least then their own war industry can bloom and are not being forced to buy overpriced US equipment. Europe wants no more meddling into their affairs, just like in N. Korea and S.Korea and China, the same applies to the Palestinians and Israel. Everywhere the US pokes its ugly nose into, it ends into disaster. Take the test!
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    Dutch, It is unbelievable. Shallow minded ignorant hate is the new black (trend). Europe has some groups who are falling into those categories as well. 12% in Germany. I need to read more on the topic when I get a chance. Our president thinks his statements make him appear as tough. There are thousands of words that could be used...tough is one of them. Wouldn't have been the choice of many. He will tell 25% that it's toughness.
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    Yes T.J. Trump bullied NATO about the gas pipeline from Russia to Germany etc. As expected the NATO members and its leaders acted not very strongly as an rebut as expected. However as soon as the asshole leaves, I bet things will change; hopefully Europe will learn to become more independent of the US. Having economic ties with Russia also keeps the peace, but Trump does not understand that, because he never studied anything.
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    I just wonder if the issues of Iran and N.Korea are being tabled. If so then Trump should held responsible for the outcome. Iran will not sit idle and certainly will keep selling its oil. The N.Korea deal is totally botched as well. So I hope NATO scolds back at Trump and show he's an big bullying ass without brains.
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    He's like a bull in a China shop, pun intended.
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    He also lied again by stating that Germany imports 70% from their natural gas from Russia. Experts on TV checked the facts; it is at the most 35% the other 35 % comes from other countries. So he should offer his excuses for lying for the 2000th time. What an total asshole!
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    Trump has been trying to pull out of NATO for most of his presidency, which would be a gift for his boss Vladimir.

    Fortunately, the House just voted overwhelming (357-22) to protect out participation in the alliance.

    Both Mike Pompeo and John Bolton are NATO supports, but it's not clear if Mitch McConnell has the balls to do the right thing in the Senate. Since he has FINALLY started to criticize Trump lately, it IS possible that our NATO ties will be secure for a while yet. Since even most of the Republicans in the House voted for the measure, it seems more likely that the Senate would follow suit.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/26/opinion/sunday/nato-trump.html?action=click&module=Well&pgtype=Homepage§ion=Sunday%20Review

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    US Pulls Out Of Cold War-Era Nuclear Treaty, Blaming Russia.

    Here we go again; sure let the arms race start all over again; what about China? But yeah the Russians are well ahead of the US related to super fast missiles. It must irritate the war "industry" here. Let's step out of all the treaties, because Obama did a lot of them. Hallejuja, what an isolated "island" country have we become. We "know" everything better, ask Trump.

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    See what "cold wars "cost": But yeah Trump spends even more. ( billions turned into scrap)

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    Al Jazeera published a lengthy story about NATO this morning:

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/04/nato-70-north-atlantic-treaty-organization-190402151937735.html

    Not surprisingly, NATO members consider Trump as NATO's "most urgent, and often most difficult, problem". Meanwhile, Trump's bosses in the Kremlin have said NATO is a security threat in Eastern Europe and regard it as a hostile military bloc.

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    This thread was for last year's NATO meeting, but since Trump is now in London at this year's NATO meeting I'll continue the thread. Trump immediately used the occasion to get into a war of words with Macron tasking out of context Macron's November 7th remarks to the Economist calling NATO "brain dead" -- a comment made in frustration with NATO's inability to deal with Turkey's recent incursion into Syria at the time.

    The forever opportunist Trump stole the spotlight by calling Macron's comment from the month before as "very, very nasty" and "disrespectful" and "insulting to a lot of different forces".

    "It's a tough statement, though, when you make a statement like that, that is a very, very nasty statement to essentially 28, including them, 28 countries," he said.

    This is what Trump does. If he had an issue with Macron's comment, why wait a month to bring it up in front of NATO members? Trump loves to create controversy and distract from the events of the day.

    On top of that he made headlines by cutting the United States contribution to NATO by $100 million...an act that plays well with his base at home.

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    At 5 o'clock this morning Trump opened his uneducated mouth again. the stock market futures did plumbed immediately to over 200 points. He said he'll wait with signing anything with China until after the elections (as I already predicted that there won't be a deal unless he drops all the tariffs as China said.) Also China because of his rhetoric related to Hong Kong etc. does not allow anymore US warships to enter Chinese waters and harbors including Hong Kong. If he still will impose more tariffs that is the main question; it will certainly make China even more mad. Also Huawai ( the biggest phone producer there) is no longer using US products in their 5 G phones. Also China is now importing soybeans from Brazil instead of the US. How long will Trump the subsidize the farmers from our tax money? forever?

    Correction: the Dow is now well over 400 points down; it is back where it was more than an year ago. Yes that is the Trump economy. One big disaster the guy knows nothing about this world.

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    Macron fought back against our manchild. Good. Someone needs to put Trump in his place.