Today Trump continues his European tour of lies, fact-free allegations, and good old American arrogance.
Even before Trump arrived he created controversy by giving an interview to The Sun criticising Prime Minister Theresa May:
THERESA May’s new soft Brexit blueprint would “kill” any future trade deal with the United States, Donald Trump warns today.
Mounting an extraordinary attack on the PM’s exit negotiation, the President also reveals she has ignored his advice on how to toughen up the troubled talks.
Instead, he believes Mrs. May has gone “the opposite way”, and he thinks the results have been “very unfortunate”.
His fiercest criticism came over the centrepiece of the PM’s new Brexit plan — which was unveiled in full yesterday.
It would stick to a common rulebook with Brussels on goods and agricultural produce in a bid to keep customs borders open with the EU.
But Mr. Trump told The Sun: “If they do a deal like that, we would be dealing with the European Union instead of dealing with the UK, so it will probably kill the deal.
When confronted with these statements Trump simply denied having made them, and accused The Suna of participating in “fake news.”
Pres. Trump denies interview with The Sun was critical of Prime Minister Theresa May.
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) July 13, 2018
Did you hear that? Trump has a tape.
Of course, the only problem is that The Sun also has a tape and you can hear it for yourself by clicking here.
Yep, they reported his words accurately.
Speaking of accuracy, virtually NOTHING that Trump said in today’s Q and A with May was accurate.
For instance, he bragged that thanks to him the NATO allies were now paying more money into the organization to the tune of a 34 million dollar increase.
However, according to the Washington Post, this increase has NOTHING to do with him:
Member countries have been spending more on their defense since 2014. Excluding the U.S., members have collectively increased defense spending by $11.4 billion over the past year, when adjusted for inflation and using 2010 prices and exchange rates. (Trump could be referencing the same calculation in today’s dollars, which comes to $34 billion.)
Trump also claimed that thanks to him NATO was “richer than ever.” Not true:
As for being “richer than it ever was,” it’s not entirely clear what Trump means, but given the context, let’s assume he meant the amount member countries have spent on defense over time. That claim falls flat pretty quickly. As recently as 2011, using 2010 prices and exchange rates, NATO members spent more than they do today. At the height of the Cold War, between 1980-1984, they spent 4.5 percent of their collective GDP on defense. Today, it’s4 percent. 2.
Trump additionally claimed that it is thanks to him the NATO countries have agreed to increase spending on defense, but in fact, that was an agreement reached in 2014 after Putin invaded Crimea, and has nothing to do with Trump:
Each NATO member has had this 2 percent spending guideline since 2006, but not everyone had been actively working toward that. But after the 2014 annexation of Crimea, NATO members pledged to stop cutting their defense expenditure and “move toward” that 2 percent guideline within 10 years. In other words, the commitment to 2 percent was made in 2014.
Member states did “reaffirm [their] unwavering commitment” to the 2 percent pledge at this year’s summit, but the official declaration made no mention of additional increases. When asked about Trump’s claim French President Emmanuel Macron said, “There is a communique that was published yesterday. It’s very detailed. It confirms the goal of 2 percent by 2024. That’s all.”
So really Trump did not accomplish a damn thing other than continue to embarrass America.
As for the protests that greeted Trump, those were in fact quite impressive.
Tens of thousands takes to the streets of London on Donald Trump’s second day. Clear message here – his racist sexist views are not welcome #TrumpUKVisit #TrumpProtests #London #ResistTrump pic.twitter.com/3rBEFj9KjZ
— Jordon-Lee (@JordonLee) July 13, 2018
— Owen Jones🌹 (@OwenJones84) July 13, 2018
— Tony Robinson (@Tony_Robinson) July 13, 2018
Oh well, tomorrow Trump will visit a country that actually likes him.