Euro Trash Talker

In a move that surprised no one, President Trump began the NATO meetings by offending US allies, describing Germany as being “totally controlled” by Russia, and accusing other NATO members of not spending enough on defense. (For those scoring at home, a guy who’s been repeatedly sued for nonpayment and to whom every American bank refused to give loans has railed on NATO allies for a failure to pay their bills. And the Russia part, well…)

+ Trump’s comments came during an opening breakfast. Other Americans looked displeased, which leads us to the line of the day: “In a statement to The Post, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, ‘[Kelly] was displeased because he was expecting a full breakfast and there were only pastries and cheese.'”

+ Sometimes a photo can say it all.

+ Bloomberg: “Not content with pressuring NATO allies to raise their defense spending to 2 percent of economic output, U.S. President Donald Trump proposed doubling the target.” (Turns out, that’s more than America spends, but let’s not interrupt while he’s negotiating….)

+ AP: Trump presses falsehoods about NATO, Germany. (This is a lot for one morning.)

+ Bloomberg on NATO’s real crisis: “The weak link in the alliance, in fact, is Turkey. Here is a country slipping into the sphere of influence of Russia — the very country that NATO was created to deter.” Related (in more ways than one): Turkey’s Erdogan son-in-law made finance minister amid nepotism fears.

+ Meanwhile, in European news that Europeans were focused on today: After a come from behind win over England, Croatia will face France in the World Cup final.

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