Former Secretary of State John Kerry blasted President Trump this Wednesday after the president criticized U.S. allies about their contributions to NATO during the group’s annual summit.
Kerry, who was the United States’ leading diplomat during President Obama’s second term, dished out a biting statement on Twitter denouncing Trump’s comments to NATO members at the summit in Brussels, Belgium, labeling them “strange” and “counterproductive.”
“I’ve never seen a president say anything as strange or counterproductive as President Trump’s harangue against NATO and Germany. It was disgraceful, destructive, and flies in the face of actual American interests,” Kerry said.
“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 added.
He also attacked Trump for proving his “woeful ignorance of the work his predecessor’s administration did to increase European defense spending.”
Here is the full letter, released on Twitter:
My thoughts on President Trump's remarks in Brussels this morning: pic.twitter.com/x0k3k0lOkA
— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) July 11, 2018
Kerry’s comments followed after Trump let loose a tirade of grievances against NATO which largely focused on foreign contributions to the group.
“Many countries are not paying what they should. 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,” Trump said.
“So if you go back 10 or 20 years, you’ll just add it all up. It’s massive amounts of money is owed,” he continued
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, however, boasted NATO on Twitter, declaring it the “most successful alliance in history.”
“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,” Pompeo wrote.
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