President Trump rails on a host of topics during Baltic Leaders visit at the White House
By: Shirley Roberts, Xiro Xone News April 3, 2018 Updated: 6:53 PM PT
NATO, Syria and Hillary Clinton were just some of the subjects mentioned while President hosted leaders from three Baltic States, at the, White House today. They included the first female President of the Republic of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid, Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis, and the first female President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė.
Prior to the press conference Trump, and the Baltic leaders met in the cabinet room of the White House where he assured the Baltic leaders that no one is harder on Russia than he. He continued by saying, “Nobody has been tougher on Russia but getting along with Russia would be a good thing, not a bad thing. And just about everybody agrees to that except very stupid people." He finished with, "We've been very tough on Russia, frankly."
The three Baltic leaders and Trump were in the cabinet room to discuss trade, security, and energy. But the President wanted to talk about NATO, first.
In the past, Trump has chastised and criticized NATO members who are not paying what he called, “their fair share.” He reiterated those sentiments today while stating that, he was the reason money was now rolling in to NATO. He then resorted to another insult against his 2016 presidential election opponent, Hillary Clinton when he said, NATO "has taken many billions of dollars more than they would have had if you had crooked Hillary Clinton as president."
President Trump escorted the leaders to the east room for the press conference. Each leader graciously thanked President Trump for hosting them then took questions from the press.
Lithuanian President Dalia Grtbauskaite told the President that the U.S. role in NATO is vital. She went on to say, "We expect, together with the United States, to go ahead with deep reforms of NATO, especially on decision-making, on decisiveness, on the denial which we expect to see from Russia in case of aggression," Grybauskaite said. "Without the United States this is not possible." The Lithuania President said, “There is a need for leadership, even unpredictable leadership”
When a reporter asked President Trump if he was pulling troops out of Syria, the President said, the mission is "very costly for our country and it helps other countries a helluva lot more than it helps us." "I want to get out. I want to bring our troops back home. I want to start rebuilding our nation," we will see, I’ll let you know.” He continued “maybe we will stay in Syria, if Saudi Arabia wants us to, but they will have to pay for it.” Some Americans saw that as an admission that, our troops are being used under the pretext of keeping America safe when in fact, they are in Syria to act as the world police for Saudi Arabia.
Once again, in the presence of foreign leaders, President Trump degraded our American institution, the free press. He called the Baltic press real news and referred to the American press as, fake news.