House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi criticized President Donald Trump for his speech to NATO, saying that his “brash and condescending lecture to NATO leaders disrespected our closest allies and dishonored the common defense pact that has been a guarantor of global security for nearly seven decades.”
Pelosi released a statement on Sunday in which she added, “His failure to affirm America’s commitment to NATO’s mutual defense pledge – invoked only once, when NATO allies rushed to our side in Afghanistan after 9/11 – is not only shameful but also dangerous. By showing his disregard for Article Five, President Trump emboldens Russian aggression in Europe.”
Her statement also touched on the president’s entire nine-day trip abroad, saying that his speech to NATO “offered a fitting end to a trip that achieved little beside strained relationships and diplomatic missteps. Protecting America’s national security requires us to be strong and smart, not reckless and rash.”
Pelosi also offered Trump some advice, suggesting, “The next time he meets with world leaders, he would do well to echo the words of a great leader, President John F. Kennedy: ‘My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.’”
At a press conference a few days ago, the House minority leader also criticized Trump’s choice for the first country to visit, according to cnsnews.com, saying, “I thought it was unusual for the President of the United States to go to Saudi Arabia first. Saudi Arabia?”
She pointed out that “the previous five presidents ... four of them went to Canada first. And, one of them went to Mexico ... What was the decision-making process to go to Saudi Arabia first? That is the question I have.”
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