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Old July 11th, 2018, 10:49 AM   #1
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Former Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday on tore into President Trump’s comments at North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s annual summit.

“I’ve never seen a president say anything as strange or counterproductive as President Trump’s harangue against NATO and Germany,” Kerry said in a scathing statement. “It was disgraceful, destructive, and flies in the face of actual American interests.”

Speaking before a breakfast with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels, Belgium, Trump accused Germany of being held “captive” by Russia.

“Germany is totally controlled by Russia,” Trump said. “Because they will be getting from 60 to 70 percent of their energy from Russia and a new pipeline. And you tell me if that’s appropriate, because I think it’s not.”

Trump also decried U.S. allies for not contributing more to military spending, and demanded NATO double its stated goal of each country committing 2 percent of their gross domestic product to the defense budget by 2025. And he insisted they pay 2 percent “immediately.”

“Many countries are not paying what they should,” Trump said. “And, frankly, many countries owe us a tremendous amount of money for many years back, where they’re delinquent, as far as I’m concerned, because the United States has had to pay for them.”

Those comments dismayed Kerry, who felt compelled to speak out in a prepared statement.

“Why would an American president whose first NATO meeting last year was a disaster, show up in Belgium this year just to prove he doesn’t understand how vital alliances have made a huge difference for the security of the United States and the lives of Europeans?” Kerry asked. “I’d think he might remember that it was NATO that stood shoulder to shoulder with the United States after 9/11, among many other contributions.”

Current U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is with Trump in Brussels, released a statement that sounded more in line with Kerry than the commander-in-chief.

“NATO is the most successful alliance in history,” Pompeo tweeted. “All #NATO allies have committed to extending this success through increased defense spending, deterrence and defense, and fighting terrorism. Weakness provokes; strength and cohesion protects. This remains our bedrock belief.”

Kerry’s critique was much more scathing, however.

“The President set America back this morning,” he continued. “He is steadily destroying our reputation in the world. He is undermining our interests. He diminishes alliances we built to safeguard an economic and strategic force that has allowed millions of people to live in freedom.”

Kerry said Trump “displays a woeful ignorance” of the work he and Obama did.

“President Obama raised the issue in a constructive and collegial way that succeeded in securing a pledge from NATO members to increase their defense spending, without undermining the cohesion of the alliance in the process,” Kerry said. “President Obama and I worked hard using effective diplomacy – not bombast and demagoguery – to secure those sanctions in the first place. So too is European energy security an important topic for allies to discuss, even when they disagree. Instead, President Trump just insults friends who have sacrificed to hold that pressure together. There’s a time, place, and manner for raising issues with allies, and trashing them on camera in a way that calls into question the alliance itself isn’t it.”

He added: “What was on display in Brussels today was not the behavior of a strong, principled, and wise leader. Enough. This isn’t good for the United States and there are people across the aisle – as the Senate vote yesterday clearly showed – who know it and need to say it.”

It’s not the first time Kerry has spoken out about Trump’s foreign policy.

In March, Kerry slammed Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear agreement that he helped negotiate.

“Today’s announcement weakens our security, breaks America’s word, isolates us from our European allies, puts Israel at greater risk, empowers Iran’s hardliners, and reduces our global leverage to address Tehran’s misbehavior while damaging the ability of future administrations to make international agreements,” Kerry said. “No rhetoric is required. The facts speak for themselves. Instead of building on unprecedented nonproliferation verification measures, this decision risks throwing them away and dragging the world back to the brink we faced a few years ago.”

Kerry added, “The extent of the damage will depend on what Europe can do to hold the nuclear agreement together, and it will depend on Iran’s reaction. America should never have to outsource those stakes to any other country. This is not in America’s interests. We should all hope the world can preserve the nuclear agreement.”

Before announcing the withdrawal, Trump criticized Kerry for publicly lobbying U.S. allies to salvage the agreement.

“The United States does not need John Kerry’s possibly illegal Shadow Diplomacy on the very badly negotiated Iran Deal,” Trump tweeted. “He was the one that created this MESS in the first place!”
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Old July 11th, 2018, 11:20 AM   #2
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Poor Skerry. We dodged the second biggest bullet in history when he lost the election. His legacy, already in shambles, is in need of further remedial revision. He could have done a lot of things in his life that might have made him a success but he failed. As for real time activity, Trumps comment is all you need to read.

“The United States does not need John Kerry’s possibly illegal Shadow Diplomacy on the very badly negotiated Iran Deal,” Trump tweeted. “He was the one that created this MESS in the first place!”
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Poor Skerry. We dodged the second biggest bullet in history when he lost the election. His legacy, already in shambles, is in need of further remedial revision. He could have done a lot of things in his life that might have made him a success but he failed. As for real time activity, Trumps comment is all you need to read.

“The United States does not need John Kerry’s possibly illegal Shadow Diplomacy on the very badly negotiated Iran Deal,” Trump tweeted. “He was the one that created this MESS in the first place!”
"Possibly illegal" ???...
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Old July 11th, 2018, 01:32 PM   #4
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Trumps comment is all you need to read.

“The United States does not need John Kerry’s possibly illegal Shadow Diplomacy on the very badly negotiated Iran Deal,” Trump tweeted. “He was the one that created this MESS in the first place!”
Yeah

It's all I need to validate my already firm opinion that Dear Leader is delusional and deranged and out of his league.
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Old July 11th, 2018, 02:23 PM   #5
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Yeah

It's all I need to validate my already firm opinion that Dear Leader is delusional and deranged and out of his league.


Wait for it. The KerryHaters Club will be convening shortly and we'll get to read marvelous stories about how Kerry should be hanged for treason, horse-whipped for living, castigated for loving Heinz products, shamed for being wealthy, and excoriated for being long-winded and charisma free, but that will take place before the hanging.
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Old July 11th, 2018, 02:52 PM   #6
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Wait, is Germany spending YUGE sums of money w/ russia to secure natural energy sources from them?

Is the ex German chancellor in line to gain tremendously from this deal?

Has Germany not been shorting the NATO bill whereas the states been covering part of their end effectively "protecting Germany from Russia"

Is not Russia the current leftist boogeyman and the evil spector behind everything from clintons loss to tge Syrian civil war?


So, please tell me what Kerry is saying for YOU ?

As i am assuming that you are attempting to imply that you are one of these "smart americans" though from the article i think that we may be using far different definitions of that term.
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