Donald Trump made an important speech on Wednesday at The National Interest in Washington, DC. This speech was practiced and read off of a teleprompter, in stark contrast to his normal stream of consciousness, shoot from the hip style. This speech was a doozy, filled to the brim with glaring contradictions and outright lies. WDTLAY will do a suite on this speech, each day devoting a blog post to a different falsehood or contradiction.
Early in Trump’s speech, at the 11:30 mark in the above video, Trump begins talking about the US distribution of military aid, and the US acting as a world police force. He delivers it in a bullet point style:
“Secondly, our allies are not paying their fair share, and I’ve been talking about this recently a lot. Our allies must contribute toward their financial, political and human cost, have to do it, of our tremendous security burden. But many of them are simply not doing so. They look at the United States as weak and forgiving, and feel no obligation to honor their agreements with us.”
He continued: “We have spent trillions…building up a strong defense for Europe and Asia. The countries we are defending must pay for the cost of this defense. And if not the US must be prepared to let these countries defend themselves. We have no choice.”
Donald Trump has also called Nato “obsolete” and threatened to quit the organization if other countries don’t spend more on defense.
In the very next bullet point, essentially in the same breath, he makes this statement. Seriously, it’s at the 13:10 mark.
“Thirdly, our friends are beginning to think that they can’t depend on us. We’ve had a President who dislikes our friends and bows to our enemies, something that we’ve never seen before in the history of our country.”
Trump insults our friends and threatens to abandon our allies if they don’t pay up, then blasts Obama for disliking our friends? He said that our allies must pay up for our protection, then says the US is going to pull out anyway? I can’t stress this enough, he makes these two completely contradictory points one right after another.
We’ll have more terrifying coverage of Trump’s foreign policy speech tomorrow, and throughout the weekend.