Buck Wild: President Trump gives NATO a little tough love

By Buck Sexton
Opinion Contributor

President TrumpDonald John TrumpHannity urges Trump not to fire 'anybody' after Rosenstein report Ben Carson appears to tie allegation against Kavanaugh to socialist plot Five takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate MORE gives NATO a little tough love.

That should be the headline you read from newspapers across the country.

But once again, Trump derangement syndrome reigns supreme, at least in the corridors of the mainstream media and on the streets of quaint little countries with delicious lattes and pastries.

Look, I get it. There’s no question Trump has a nontraditional diplomatic style.

Whether it’s calling Kim Jong un Little Rocket Man or reminding everyone that China has been killing us on trade.

The Donald has his own way, his own communications approach. No doubt.

And it can ruffle some feathers. It may even put other friendly governments ill at ease. The leader of the free world saying he may unilaterally withdraw from the most important military alliance of the modern era might give some folks a jolt.

But on the other hand, there is no question that some of our staunchest NATO allies have been under-performing in the realm of military readiness and overall spending. And to borrow from Trump’s predecessor, it seems its long past time for NATO to pay its fair share.

Germany is a great case in point. As the second biggest economy in NATO, with a population around 80 million, you’d think that they’d have a formidable standing army. In reality, the Germans have less than 200,000 men and women under arms, and much of their offensive capabilities are in disrepair. Shocking as it may sound to those who know their history, its time for the Germans to be more militaristic.

That Trump is taking some credit for pushing along our European pals should come as no surprise. He is trying to create a little momentum, and shake up a bureaucratic arrangement that could use some updates.

If Putin is the bogeyman that so may Democrats seem obsessed with saying he is, why would it be a bad thing for some of his neighbors to have a little more military weight to throw around?

Remember, the same people who are telling you Trump is threatening the alliance are upset that he wants our allies to spend more on it. Clearly, he wants it to grow and thrive. What you are hearing in the interim is Trumpian negotiation.

Our President is committed to our NATO friends. There wont be any collapse or major change in the alliance. Trump is just trying to shake things up and a get a better deal for the American taxpayer — and encourage NATO to be more of an alliance than a dependency.

Buck Sexton is the co-host of "Rising," Hill.TV's morning news show.

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