In full disclosure, I am of the opinion that President Trump is at least the best president of the 21st century. With that said, I’m also of the opinion that CNN’s Jim Acosta is the biggest clown on television since WGN use to aire Bozo the Clown every morning.
Case in point: In a recent meeting at the White House where the press was invited in for a few photos, President Trump noticed Acosta among the assembled members of the Fourth Estate.
With the memory still fresh of Acosta making an jackass of himself on national TV while reporting live at the US-Mexico border, President Trump made a point of personally thanking Acosta for proving that a border wall works.
President Trump will be winging his way to Europe next week, reportedly to demand that the leaders of the majority of NATO member nations start kicking-in their previously agreed upon 2 percent of their GDP to their NATO commitment.
To date, only the United States, the United Kingdom, Greece and Estonia have paid their dues in full.
In fact, it’s been the US that’s been doing all the heavy lifting.
Despite the US being just a single member, American taxpayer pays between one-fifth to one-fourth the total operating costs to protecting Europe from a possible Russian invasion.
Just in Fiscal Year 2010 alone, the United States dropped nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars on NATO ($711.8 million).
Even our stalwart British allies, who voted to leave the EU not all that long ago, have verified they’ll saddle-up with Team Euro Excitement Squad (or whatever the hell they’re called).
In spite of the EU swearing up and down they have no intention of starting a standing army for the European, there are 18 “Battlegroups”. Examples include;
The Nordic Battlegroup (Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Ireland and Norway)
Battlegroup 42 (United Kingdom, Lithuania, Latvia, Sweden and the Netherlands)
The Balkan Battlegroup (Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Cyprus and Ukraine)
Visegrád Battlegroup (Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Ukraine)
Speaking strictly for myself, if the member nations of the EU so desire to create their own armed forces, that’s their call. But for the life of me, I just don’t understand why we continue to pump billions of dollars for the defense of Europe, especially in light that the Berlin Wall came down decades ago.
Maybe President Trump will fix that once and for all.