Trump NATO trip: In like a lion, out like a lamb
The agreement secured by the deal-maker president is apparently the very one the 29 member nations had formally agreed to the day before.
It doesn’t require, or even request, that countries spend 4 percent of their gross domestic protest on their own defense. It doesn’t condemn Germany for doing business with Russia. And it doesn’t gloss over Russia’s aggression in Ukraine or its interference in Western elections.
That is, NATO wasn’t buying what Trump was selling.
Other than headlines about how he had talked tough to NATO allies, and infuriated the foreign policy establishment in Washington and other capitals, Trump didn’t really get much out of the summit.
The $33 billion in additional defense spending by NATO members that he cited at his Brussels press conference is the exact same figure he touted at a political rally in Montana last week.