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overseas with President Trump at the NATO Summit his second visit tornado and who said summer time to be boring Katherine this one we predicted would be a bit of a dramatic encounter and it certainly has been right off the bat Germany in particular and firing off in between meetings with with these leaders and we just saw at the arrival ceremony he seemed a bit more there but overall the middle of it our man on the front lines Terry Moran Chief foreign correspondent for ABC News is over in Brussels and Terry not a surprise that the president was making his demands of the of NATO members to up their financial contributions but man I think many people are should have stunned by the aggressive tone that he’s taken and sharp words for allies like Germany it’s incredible I mean just give me the popcorn famous book written by Harry Truman present at the creation because he was here in Europe after World War II and he was one of the architect of NATO and kinds of other Marshall Plan all kinds of efforts by the United States to rebuild Europe in Consolidated around the values and the practices of democracy I’m present at the destruction today because you’re absolutely right Donald Trump game are man on a mission he just went off on on the Allies in the closest allies including Germany with a mission ostensibly on the surface he wants him to pay more a lot more as many other President Harry Truman for their defense and right now they’re paying most of them under 2% of their GDP they have a commitment to reach 2% by 2020 for he now says I wanted it 4% almost Mashable demand perhaps a demand meant to be refused refused in the first place and anyway the shocking thing began at breakfast just an ordinary pre-summit breakfast with the head of NATO Jen stoltenberg and this is pro forma mostly president Trump went on a tirade he he started by saying that that Germany is controlled totally controlled by Russia and he was referring to the amount of natural gas another energy is the Germany from Russia and a recent 12 billion dollar I mean it was a it was a day that took your breath away those pictures as nice pictures which I hope you’re showing where they’re doing their best to make it look like a normal night Summit they got the photo you know they got the little Panther and chitchat everybody’s kind of walking around and even Terry even the straight talkin to even even the straight talkin Donald Trump is just absolutely great she’s putting on Smiles talking to Melania but you’re right let’s throw down on that Germany as you noted is one of the countries one of the Allies that has not met that 2% veggie Benchmark they promised the president was sharp let’s take a listen to what he said earlier today about Germany in particular country controlled by Russia with Nat so you tell me is that appropriate I’ve been like you’re complaining about this from the time I got it it should have never been allowed to have happened but Germany is totally controlled by Russia because they will get it from 60 to 70% of their energy from Russia and a new Pipeline and you tell me if that’s appropriate because I think it’s not and I think it’s a very bad thing for NATO and I don’t think it should have happened and I think we have to talk to Germany better bring in turn on all things NATO and European Affairs Jeffrey rathke joins us from the center for strategic International Studies Jeffrey thank you so much for being I want to get your reaction right off the top to these comments about Germany really quite something this morning it was quite something but it’s also Preposterous first of all the facts wrong Germany doesn’t get 70% of its energy from Russia were talking about natural gas Imports which is a small part of overall Energy Mix and Germany has been importing energy from the Soviet Union and from Russia for about four decades so the the notion that somehow Germany is controlled by Russia is ridiculous and and not appropriate for the situation so I think we need to start there about fast and gas business he is President Trump I knows that the United States has vast reserves there trying to sell this liquefied natural gas to the Europeans and sort of edge out the Russians it’s something that even Vice President Biden back when you were for the administration spoke about warn against this pipeline so perhaps there is a little bit of a business dealing here even if he’s he’s using some pretty unusual rhetoric is different though really at stake with this pipeline is not the fact that Russia selling gas to eurofresh has been selling gas to Europe and it will continue to do so other the problem is that this new route might isolate a country like Ukraine deprived it of Transit revenues and make them more vulnerable the Russian pressure that’s the real issue at stake the issue was not Russia selling gas to Germany and as far as US exports of liquefied natural gas there simply not price competitive with with Russian supplied gas so there there was a role but but it’s not going to solve the problem and in standby for a second chapter let’s go back to Terry Moran and bring him in and Brussels if he’s still with us Terry as as the president is taking on Angela Merkel talking about this gas coming from Russia you’ve got imagine that Vladimir Putin aside from watching the World Cup semi-final that’s on today in his home country is short of getting ready pretty happy to meet with President Trump on Monday will look it’s pretty clear now I’ll although a lot of Republicans in in Congress can’t believe it and are criticizing it but it’s pretty clear that Donald Trump is embarked on a project of bring the United States away from our closest allies over the past several decades moving DFS eyes and goes relationship and moving us closer to the Kremlin that that is in fact part of what he’s doing why is there all kinds of speculation here he is he is saying that this is a rip-off that made it was a rip-off Brussels is a lovely city as you can see behind me and they have had Decades of of peace and prosperity as has all of Western Europe under the American Military nuclear umbrella are they been able to build their countries and their economies in their social welfare system and others long been feeling on the part of many Americans including American president that the argument is that purpose of been freeloading on the American taxpayer not pulling their fair share the question here is given the vehement even the victory all that that Donald Trump is making this argument here to reform this Alliance the end it there was a report recently indicted that he had a conversation with the Swedish prime minister in which he was he was told he wasn’t quite aware that Sweden’s not formal member of NATO but participates in some NATO operations and when they have common interest and he said that sounds like a good idea for the for the United States this is according to the Swedish press he does not believe that these alliances of both interest and secure and values are relevant to the way he sees the United States needs at this point in the 21st century and and that is what we are witnessing it’s I make light of it because it’s so astonishing to watch but this is history in the making Terry Bradshaw Chief foreign correspondent on the front lines in Brussels Terry thank you so much for that and going back to Jeffrey rathke want to pick up where we left off he’s talked about us perhaps being here and him him being present at the destruction of NATO do you think the alliance is potentially at risk here with the maneuverings by President Trump well I think is yet another of the fundamental basis of trust and predictability that the NATO alliance depends on and that the broader transatlantic Alliance depends on so it at the same time that Donald Trump was attacking Germany and Angela Merkel personally today United States agreeing to a NATO Summit declaration that includes all sorts of steps to strengthen European security so on the one hand the the machine is moving forward I bet at the other on the other hand the president is expressing deep misgivings and overtime that is having a real effect if you look at support right now among Republican supporters for NATO It’s Five Points more than it was a year ago and and so each time the president picks a fight with America’s closest friends it has an affect not just in the United States but also in Europe where they have to wonder if we’re real in a pinch in our security is truly threatened will president Trump decide to stand with us or not and that’s why everyone is going to be looking so carefully at how the president meeting with Vladimir Putin goes there’s a saying that you know you catch more flies with honey then with vinegar will the president seems to save all of his vinegar for America’s allies and he he uses the honey on our adversaries overtime that has a real effect and that effective shortly will be measured closely in the in the two weeks to come everybody as you say Jeffrey looking at that big Summit on Monday will live coverage of it here at ABC News live but for now Jeffrey rathke with the center for strategic international studies thank you so much for joining us here today and Catherine watching the body language this afternoon which is a sort of a hobby at these NATO Summit and speaks to the symbolism in the tensions that exist right now it was a very interesting moment I think we have some of the video but where the leaders were standing there watching should we call a piece of public art together dinner ceremony I’m a lady suspended there you see it right there I’m an acrobat suspended by all of those balloons up performing for the leaders are there there isn’t there is a metaphor there I’m not sure what it is but that is a real woman suspended and then saxophone players did come out and perform appeared cordial with with like we said this is a very unusual and NATO Summit here in 2018 on the other big story that’s Griffin Washington of course is President Trump’s and new nominate Supreme corporate Avenue George and now on Day 2 up on the hill and Catherine seems to be getting a pretty warm reaction from Republicans I guess not too much of a surprise there but potentially some trouble with Rand Paul maybe right there with I’m on the left obviously about abortion a gay rights and other social issues but another issue that we were reading about a little while ago I’m getting some attention especially from Democrats is his previous their writings on executive power and how that could potentially a play in his views on the floor investigation if it’s anything involving an investigation were to come before The Supreme Court Stacy Adam shift and Chuck Schumer obviously sounding the alarm over that as well so far for meetings all day a relatively warm reception from the White House told me yesterday that they think that Brett Kavanaugh sells himself to think he’s a great product but let’s see what the Senators have to say I’m bringing our alley Rogan who is our senator producer opera on Capitol Hill Ali you’ve been tracking the reaction here on Day 2 including catching up with Rand Paul perhaps Republican skeptic of of the judge what are you hearing letters that could further problems for the Cavanaugh nomination Rand Paul Chief among them he has concerns over some of Kevin orth opinions that he issued on landmark things such as the Affordable Care Act and government collection of survey information of American but he’s indicating so far that he’s willing to sit down with kabinoff talk to him get a sense of what he more deeply what he thinks about these issues as well as some of the core factors of Supreme Court tours is he has strict constructionist as it pertains to the interpretation of the constitution in addition to Rand Paul there are two Senate Republicans who support abortion rights were very nervous about voting someone who they believed might threaten the Roe versus Wade decision that enshrined a woman’s right to choose a senator Susan Collins and Lisa murkowski I caught up with Susan Collins yesterday and she indicated that she hasn’t seen this word hostility to Roe versus Wade from Kavanaugh that she was concerned about and I just spoke with Senator murkowski few minutes ago who said that she’s going to be doing her homework tonight so Kevin has been up here as you mentioned today was a day two of his defensive but he has yet to meet with any Democrats 7 reaction to the big financial news of the day these the impact fees tariff that the president has put on China and the receipt tear up the China put on the United States seem to be having on the market section take a live look right now the markets down about 200 points just before they closed at the top of the hour here you know a lot of this impact seems to be baked in the does Marcus know these tears were coming but Ally lot of lawmakers Republican lawmakers aren’t happy with what they see going on with the with the trade policy here when did Issue especially with regard to some of those terrorist that President Trump has been imposing that he has Justified on the basis of National Security he has said I’m imposing these tariffs because they are the prices of aluminum and still coming from other countries is putting us at risk what Congress is saying is that the President should not be allowed to make those decisions by himself that if he wants to impose tariffs and other countries he should get the approval of Congress now a bill that would require the president to get Congressional sign off has been kind of stalled but today the Senate took a bit of an interim step and approved a measure that would it’s kind of complicated here so I’m going to get a little wonky spoiler alert but would forced to go she ate hers for this upcoming to defense policy built to work out something that checks the president’s Authority on his ability to impose tariffs on a national security basis so it’s not going as far as saying he can do this and saying we’re punching 2 days ago she ate hers and hopefully they’re going to figure it out but Devin lot of anxiety around here on the Tariff issue Senators they calling them Trump to use his personal relationship with Chinese president XI to get something done as they put 200 potentially 200 billion dollars more Terrorist on their you were over in China when the president was there no trips on the horizon though Horizon as you know the members of Congress are increasingly questioning on his aggressive trade policies but you’re right there’s no end to continue to see this in China against this 200 billion so what’s on tap for tomorrow with President over in Belgium day-to-day to and more a little bit a trip to London there and then he’s also expected to be greeted with some protest News live you can follow the coverage into the weekend and next week as we said Monday that big Summit in Helsinki will have it for you live early Monday morning here for now I’m Devin Dwyer Catherine father’s here in the briefing room we’ll see you next time regenerate mesenteric you outside world around lights and your professor play around you and any distract the fear that my having across the runway obviously not in the database so we use an infrared camera on the notes of the aircraft and provide you a picture of what’s going on outside your pussy. We think that’s the next step can we combine those two American Transmission single picture that the best possible picture that they can get the job site will automatically better than 4 camera image advantage X-ray vision technology Pioneer right here in Cedar Rapids Iowa talk to you about our we have we have our gen 3 replace 322 this unit that you can talk critical flight information on top of water pilot seat to the window and it bounces off of his visor and into the pilot. Highlander complaints going to look at something else like another aircraft for the ground hargett’s only on the ground only contains information that cares about throw his altitude or how fast he’s going information worry they look so it’s not just right in front of him he looks down he doesn’t choose for the fact that he was already here when I look down and then Your Dragon
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