Before Democrat Bill Richardson had a chance to opine on Donald Trump’s unhinged attack on Germany at a NATO breakfast earlier today, Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer admonished Richardson to start by complimenting Dear Leader.
Of course, Fox has been slobbering over Trump’s embarrassing rant accusing Germany, which just happens to have a woman as head of state, of being “totally controlled" by Russia. Perhaps Trump figured nobody would notice that his own behavior could not have pleased Russian President Vladimir Putin more.
In a feint toward fairness, Fox hosted Richardson, a former ambassador to the U.N. for commentary. But Hemmer’s first “question” to Richardson was, “You know the president’s direct. Don’t tell me what you did not like today, tell me what you did like.”
Richardson is a very savvy guest and he only partly followed the directive: “Well, I just wish the president would be as tough on Putin and Kim Jong-Un as he is on the Germans and NATO,” Richardson began. He went on to say that he liked the fact that Trump pointed out that NATO has not paid what it has promised. “But they’re getting there,” Richardson added. He said he hoped Trump’s “unique negotiating style” would give the U.S. leverage on issues such as trade and tariffs.
Before stopping, Richardson continued with more criticism. “It bothers me that we’re dumping on the most important national security alliance we have – and that’s NATO.” He began to debunk Trump’s “basis” for his accusation, that Germany is beholden to Russia for energy.
Co-anchor Sandra Smith interrupted. “So, Governor, here is the president speaking directly on that hypocritical relationship that he sees between Germany and Russia.” However, she did give Richardson a chance to respond.
But Hemmer followed up by suggesting that criticism of Trump's tirade was unfair. “The other cable nets were - I mean they were losing their minds,” Hemmer sneered. He suggested that Trump was just being a good businessman at NATO and that he would leave the summit with a statement saying that the alliance is “as strong as ever.”
“It’s not necessarily a business negotiation,” Richardson replied. “It’s a security alliance that we have to maintain in the face of threats from Russia and ISIS.”
Richardson also got in the last word. Although he voiced support for Trump's upcoming meeting with Putin, Richardson added, “I don’t want him to have a love feast with Putin.”
Watch Fox try to whitewash Trump’s hideous, Putin-friendly behavior below, from the July 11, 2018 America’s Newsroom.
This is yet another example of how Fox News will be unable to walk back their behavior and their comments, as they will undoubtedly attempt after the Pence White House ends its term. They will not be able to assert anything about morality, about “family values”, or about integrity. They will get to own their bigotry and viciousness and accept that most of the country and the world is disgusted by them.
So I’ll recognize the good new: he, like presidents before, is pressuring NATO allies to put more money into the mutual defense. So ends the good news.
The narcissist decides to make a public display of his trademark boorish and bullying behavior to make his point. Because The Donald is showing off to the Archie Bunkers in his base he hopes will vote for him again. It also is an early signal to Putin that Trump plans to land a hickey on his butt during their upcoming summit.
Forgetting Trump’s ironic projection that Germany is a puppet of Russia, I believe – surprise, surprise – his ‘facts’ regarding Germany’s energy dependency on Russia are exaggerated bulls—t.
The other point is the 2% military spending figures Trump keeps obsessing over – and he’s upped it to 4% just to have something more to wet his pants over – is not mandated. It’s just a target/goal. And it’s not even directly related to NATO funding as Trump keeps whining about. It’s countries spending on their military forces which, of course, they could make available to NATO.
Trump appears to view NATO as a welfare case, a burden the US must bear. But who was the first to invoke Article 5 and, thus, benefit from NATO’s mutual defense? Oh, it was the United States after 9/11. They’ve also helped us in Syria fighting ISIS.
It’s unfortunate our NATO allies are polite and let our jackass president blather on (like a fool) and didn’t give him some of his own medicine. While diplomatically such public displays are harmful I would have gotten some satisfaction out of watching America’s bully president getting his nose bloodied (metaphorically).