Donald Trump arrives to speak to media at a press conference on the second day of the 2018 NATO Summit. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- The president’s tirade yesterday morning at a meeting with NATO officials was classic Trump – the good, the bad and the downright stupid.
If you were able to see past the crude bluster, the president had some reasonable policy points to make.
As European NATO members themselves have acknowledged, they could and should bear more of the alliance’s financial burdens. The friction between arming yourself to defend against a sketchy neighbor like Russia while also doing big financial deals with them is another topic worth discussing.
These sorts of issues preceded Trump’s election and there’s nothing wrong with him bringing them up.
However, the president’s obnoxious behavior – complete with ludicrous comments like “Germany is totally controlled by Russia” - does nothing to promote US interests; it just unnecessarily alienates partners and inflames public opinion against the US.
Perhaps it excites portions of his political base, but his churlishness has yet to win him majority support here despite an economy that should have him over 60% approval.
And it was clear from the appalled body language of Chief of Staff General John Kelly that the performance was destructive and off-script.
But maybe worst of all was the official comment of the White House when asked about Kelly’s visible horror.
Said Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders: "[Kelly] was displeased because he was expecting a full breakfast and there were only pastries and cheese."
Episodes like this should persuade Trump voters with a clue that she was also describing their own experience.
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