The United States’ NATO allies were forced to hold an emergency meeting early today after Donald Trump threatened to pull the U.S. out of NATO. Trump claims that our NATO allies have agreed to increase spending to at least 2%, but that is still unconfirmed.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg held an emergency session with the alliance’s top political body after Trump threatened to leave NATO if our allies did not immediately meet higher military spending targets of at least 2% of GDP.
Trump reportedly spoke in code but he warned of “grave consequences” and said the U.S. “will do our own thing” or “go it alone” if our allies did not immediately increase spending. He ended up confirming the threats later in the morning at an unplanned press conference, where he said he believed in NATO and it was “presently unnecessary” to consider quitting it.
“Could you clarify, are you still threatening to potentially pull the United States out of NATO?” Trump was asked, to which he answered, “I think I can probably can.” The reporter then asked for clarification, to which he said, “No problem.” You can see one of his answers in the footage below, where he does not deny the threat.
Trump says he can withdraw from the NATO treaty without congressional approval. The treaty was signed by the US on April 4, 1949 and ratified by the Senate on July 21, 1949. The Constitution says all treaties “shall be the supreme law of the land.” pic.twitter.com/c9vPaUFu9a
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) July 12, 2018
Trump was also asked at this conference whether he will be tweeting differently about NATO when he leaves the summit, to which he answered, “That’s other people that do that. I’m a very stable genius.” His threats to leave NATO and reference of himself being a “genius” (seen in the footage below) leave me speechless and disturbed.
Trump congratulates a Croatian journalist on the football, and when asked if he'll be consistent on NATO spending, says "I'm a very stable genius". pic.twitter.com/7tjND09fFn
— Joey D'Urso 🦁🦁🦁 (@josephmdurso) July 12, 2018