The following is an excerpt from David Allen Martin | June 1, 2017 | Weeklystandard.com |
Long ago, or at least it seems, before "covfefe" and the Kathy Griffin fiasco, Donald Trump decided it wise to use social media to escalate a spat with Germany.
Early Tuesday morning, before turning his Twitter attention to supposed "fake news" regarding his campaign ties to Russia, the president tweeted that "We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on NATO & military. Very bad for U.S. This will change."
This, of course, represents a continuation of the president's two most reliable gripes with America's allies: that they are getting the better of us at trade, and they should be shouldering a heftier financial burden when it comes to defense spending.
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