German DM Warns Trump Can’t Treat NATO Like a Business

Warns Trump Can't Be 'Best Buddies' With Putin

Doubling down on yesterday’s NATO warnings to President-elect Donald Trump, German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen has delivered her own high-profile warnings to Trump, insisting he mustn’t view NATO as a “business” and must instead accept that NATO is “an alliance of shared values.”

Von der Leyen instead took shots at Trump for campaigning on questions about the relevance of NATO in the post-Cold War era, accusing Trump of “trying to get as much money out of NATO as possible,” and accusing him of not caring about NATO’s long history.

She went on to demand Trump immediately declare which side he is on, whether “he’s on the side of peace and democracy or whether he doesn’t care about all that and instead he’s looking for a best buddy” in Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Von der Leyen insisted that the US owes NATO for them standing together after 9/11, and that this means a US president mustn’t get too close with a Russian president, and that doing so would insist that “the values we share don’t matter.”

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  • lordbaldric

    The German DM can get bent.

  • lemur

    What values are those? Wild liberventionism far away from NATO’s area of influence? Crazy-ass extension to the East? Providing deep troughs for Euroweasels?

  • RMS145

    “he’s on the side of peace and democracy or whether he doesn’t care about all that and instead he’s looking for a best buddy” in Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    Just so that I understand correctly, If one is for attacking Russia one is for “Peace and Democracy” but if one want to be friendly with the only other Nuclear Power that can destroy all of mankind one is NOT for Peace?

    As far as I am concerned – President Elect Trump should call her Bluff and respond with “or what are you going to do?”

    Greetings from Germany

  • disqus_feN63FpcdG

    She’s cute

  • nhmakingwaves

    Exactly, either we don’t share values, or they don’t matter. They value getting a lot of US money and weapons, that’s clear. It’s hard to say what we’re supposed to value that those warmongers have to offer.

  • Chris

    Love that false choice rhetoric: “he’s on the side of peace and democracy or whether he doesn’t care about all that and instead he’s looking for a best buddy” ! How about the other option of being on the side of peace but not wanting to start a war with Russia ?

  • CuriousNC

    At least now we have on record who wants war between Russia and the United States. Put Europe up there with Israel and Saudi Arabia as an albatross around America’s neck. If she wants to shakedown her oil dealer then she should do it herself and leave the rest of us out of it.