Stephen Colbert kicked off his show Wednesday evening by detailing the NATO summit, the first of three stops President Trump is scheduled to make during his trip to Europe.
“It is the first full day of Donald Trump’s trip to Europe,” Colbert said. “He’s in Brussels for the Nato summit, then it’s on to England, then he’s going straight to hell – I’m sorry, Helsinki – to meet with Vladimir Putin.”
“It’s not like he turned NATO upside down, right?” questioned Colbert, who pointed to a New York Times article which reported that Trump “kicked off his meetings on a contentious note”.
“Contentious is his only note,” joked the host.
“The bumpy ride started at a breakfast with Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg,” said Colbert. Trump, who railed against the Nato alliance during his campaign and has criticized allies for not paying enough in defense spending, immediately took aim at Germany for acquiring 35% of its natural gas from Russia. “Germany is totally controlled by Russia,” said Trump, who tweeted on Wednesday that the US is “paying for Europe’s protection”.
Colbert added: “We should have seen all of this coming because right before he left on the trip Trump talked about his three stops. Guess which one he was most excited about?”
During a press conference held just before he departed for Europe, Trump claimed that the UK was “in turmoil” and that his summit with Putin “may be the easiest of them all”.
“I’m not ready to say our president is a Russian agent, but I have an agent and he doesn’t do as much for me as Trump does for Russia,” Colbert quipped. He then aired a clip from Fox News, where the network’s political editor said “you will not stop Donald Trump from realigning US foreign policy to be more favorable toward Russia”, adding that the president will “fly into Brussels like a seagull, defecate all over everything, squawk and fly away”.
Colbert also tweeted about the disastrous summit:
— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) July 12, 2018
Which sparked quite the reaction:
He’s so conservative he won’t even LOOK left!
— Harry (@DocEgonSpengler) July 12, 2018
This is how teachers can tell which students will need to be held back next year.
— Chris Dmytriw (@chrisdmytriw1) July 12, 2018
He must be looking at an eclipse again…
— Alan Rudnick (@alanrudnick) July 12, 2018
LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK