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Trump Claims That It Was the MEDIA that Mocked Him at NATO, Not the World Leaders
Donald Trump lashed out on Sunday at the media over its coverage of the recent NATO summit in Europe, claiming news outlets “mocked” him despite what he characterized as a fruitful trip overseas.
But if you remember correctly, it was other world leaders who mocked the big orange man.
“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!” the president tweeted Sunday.
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
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., but the organization’s European states have been steadily increasing their defense commitments since 2014, when Russia annexed the U.S. territory of Crimea, according to Foreign Policy.
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.
.@JustinTrudeau, @EmmanuelMacron, @BorisJohnson and other VIPs shared a few words at a Buckingham Palace reception Tuesday. No one mentions @realDonaldTrump by name, but they seem to be discussing his lengthy impromptu press conferences from earlier in the day. (Video: Host Pool) pic.twitter.com/dVgj48rpOP
— Power & Politics (@PnPCBC) December 3, 2019
Trump later called Trudeau “two-faced” when asked about the conversation.
Twitter called Trump out for blaming the media:
You didn't do shit and everyone laughed at you.
— Todd Poirier (@todd_poirier) December 8, 2019
let's unFox this tweet.
1. no such deal was reached
2. the media did not mock you, Trudeau, Macron, Boris Johnson and Princess Anne mocked you. and then you had a big hissy fit and left early. the whole world watched it happen
3. you're pretty terrible at gaslighting
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) December 8, 2019
— MC (@Redbird_62) December 8, 2019
You were laughed out of town by your peers, never mind what was reported on the news. You're a global laughing stock & an embarrassment. 😂🤡
— CivMilAir ✈ (@CivMilAir) December 8, 2019
— Triggered Jr. (@TeamMitchMoscow) December 8, 2019