CNN’s Acosta: Trump Has a Pattern, He Goes to Summits and Bashes Our Allies While Cozying up to Dictators
COOPER: "More now on the president’s trip and his day today from CNN’s Jim Acosta who joins us now from Brussels. So this refrain from the president about nato, it isn’t knew, as we talked about. We had been saying it for years. Should anyone, including nato members, be surprised?"
ACOSTA: "Well, Anderson, I think they are surprised to some extent, and they’ve been concerned about this for some time. This has been the fear, the president would come to nato and bash long-standing U.S. Allies right before a meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin. So that is a surprise that he would come out this hard, this heavy at this summit right before meeting with Vladimir Putin, Anderson. The other thing that was a surprise to some of the members here in Brussels was this call from the president to boost defense spending among the nato partners to 4% of gdp. They said — they have been saying, and you mentioned it just a few moments ago that they wanted to get to 2% of each member’s gdp by 2024. 4% is obviously a pretty big load for some of these countries. It’s been a burden that has been shouldered by the U.S. For some time, but, Anderson, beyond that, what is a concern to diplomats in the European community, and I talked to some of them. Some of our colleagues have been talking to them is that the president seems to have a pattern. That is he goes to summits, he goes to events around the world, and he bashes his allies in Europe and around the world and seems to be cozying up to dictators and undemocratic leaders like Vladimir Putin. That is a big concern to European leaders and other nato members here, and that is surprising."