On his nationally syndicated radio show Monday, host Mark Levin stated that President Donald Trump is “not only strengthening NATO, he’s expanding NATO.”
“I’m not saying that I agree with everything the president said today,” stated Mark Levin. “I certainly don’t. But I’m not going to run around and say, ‘Woe is me. Woe is me. The end has come.’ The end hasn’t come.”
Later in his show, Levin continued, “He’s returning United States armor to Germany. He’s deployed brigades to the Baltics, which are constantly being threatened by Putin. He’s not only strengthening NATO, he’s expanding NATO to the chagrin of the ‘anti-globalists’ out there.”
Levin’s remarks came after President Trump and Vladimir Putin had a press conference on Monday. Many are criticizing Trump for his handling of the press conference, but according to CNSNews.com, “there were no indications of a softening in key areas of foreign policy differences – relating to Ukraine, Syria, Iran and ballistic missile defense in Europe.”
Below is a transcript of Mark Levin’s remarks on his show Monday:
“We do not have the foggiest idea what was discussed during those two hours between these two men. We have no idea, no idea. President Trump could have been very tough on Putin. Who knows?
“But here’s what I do know. When he publicly, publicly, condemned NATO for failing to spend the amount of money that’s necessary to spend to defend Europe and defend the United States, he was trashed for that. Why?
“Two percent of GDP. Then, he even suggested four percent. And he even said, the president of the United States, ‘Obviously, most of this is meant to protect you and us from Russia.’
“He spoke specifically to the Germans, and he said to their foreign minister, ‘You’re buying 70 percent of your natural gas from Russia. You shut down your nuclear plants, and you expect us to help pay more for your defense.’ He essentially said, ‘You’re owned and bought for by the Russians.’
“Does that help Russia? No. When he makes those remarks and he’s pressuring Germany, and he’s pressuring NATO – even at the macro level, as he’s building up the United States military – does that help Russia? Does that mean he’s in bed with Vladimir Putin?
“Again, I’m not saying that I agree with everything the president said today. I certainly don’t. But I’m not going to run around and say, ‘Woe is me. Woe is me. The end has come.’ The end hasn’t come.
“He gave lethal defensive weapons to the Ukraine when Obama would not. When Russia invaded eastern Ukraine Obama did next to nothing, miniscule sanctions. The sanctions Trump has put in place are 10 times more powerful than Barak Obama ever did.
“He’s returning United States armor to Germany. He’s for deployed brigades to the Baltics, which are constantly being threatened by Putin. He’s not only strengthening NATO, he’s expanding NATO to the chagrin of the ‘anti-globalists’ out there. He’s lifted the ban on exporting oil, so some of these European countries will rely less on Russia. He’s confronted Russia in Syria. Obama drew a red line. Trump didn’t even draw a red line. He just said, ‘Cut it out,’ and they wouldn’t cut it out. And as you know, on two occasions, he’s acted – militarily.”