Trump hit the ground running with aggressive opening remarks at the annual NATO summit today, accusing Germany of being “Russia’s captive” and calling out fellow countries a part of the alliance for not contributing their fair share.
His bull-in-the-china-shop approach was reflected in a Twitter tirade, in which he questioned the necessity of NATO.
What good is NATO if Germany is paying Russia billions of dollars for gas and energy? Why are there only 5 out of 29 countries that have met their commitment? The U.S. is paying for Europe’s protection, then loses billions on Trade. Must pay 2% of GDP IMMEDIATELY, not by 2025.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 11, 2018
Host Ethan Bearman has a rebuttal for the president. He argues that, despite flaws, the treaty, which was initially created in 1949 as protection against the Soviet Union, is still critical to the survival of modern Democracy.
In the podcast below, he explains his perspective and asks listeners to share their own thoughts on the topic! Spoiler: Some are standing by the Trump on this one!