Trump Rips ‘Fake News Media’ For Not Giving Him Credit For NATO Increased Spending Negotiated By Obama
President Donald Trump on Sunday railed against the media over its coverage of the recent NATO summit in Europe, claiming news outlets “mocked” him despite what he characterized as a very successful performance at the event.
“I got NATO countries to pay 530 Billion Dollars a year more, and the U.S. less, and came home to a Fake News Media that mocked me. Didn’t think that was possible!” Trump wrote on Twitter.
Trump has repeatedly taken credit for increased NATO spending commitments after frequently accusing European allies of not paying their fair share relative to the U.S. However, according to Foreign Policy, the organization’s European states have been steadily increasing their defense commitments since 2014, thanks to the Obama administration.
The NATO summit made headlines after a clip surfaced of a group of other Western leaders, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron appearing to gossip about Trump.
I got NATO countries to pay 530 Billion Dollars a year more, and the U.S. less, and came home to a Fake News Media that mocked me. Didn’t think that was possible!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 8, 2019