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Trump NATO trip: In like a lion, out like a lamb

It was a defeated version of President Donald Trump who abruptly rushed to the microphones at the tail end of a two-day NATO summit in Brussels Thursday to proclaim victory.

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.

 

 Have no doubt, Trump’s return to the campaign trail this summer is sure to feature anecdotes about him breezing into Brussels and wrangling NATO. But it was Trump who was ultimately brought to heel by the end of the summit. Read more

Trump NATO trip: In like a lion, out like a lamb

Analysis: Other than headlines about how he had talked tough to allies and infuriated the foreign policy establishment, President Donald Trump didn’t really get much out of the NATO summit.