.@POTUS's performance at #NATOSummit was disappointing, yet unsurprising. There's little use in parsing his misstatements & bluster, except to say that they are the words of one man. Americans & their Congress still believe in the transatlantic alliance. https://t.co/mtjxPFBeVz— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) July 12, 2018
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Thursday sharply criticized President Donald Trump’s appearance this week at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit, calling it “disappointing, yet ultimately unsurprising.”
McCain, who is chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, also urged the president to take a tough stance in an upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Trump stunned America’s European allies with a caustic warning that he would “go it alone” unless NATO members sharply boosted defense spending. After an emergency meeting, Trump claimed a personal victory at having pressured allies to make big increases in defense outlays. French President Emmanuel Macron, however, rejected Trump’s claim that NATO agreed to spending increases.
McCain, a frequent critic of the Republican president, also blasted Trump for his criticism of Germany. Trump had accused Germany of being “captive” to Russia, citing a deal to build a natural gas pipeline.