Fox News editor correctly predicts Trump will 'fly into Brussels like a seagull' and 'defecate all over everything'


#1

Fox News politics editor Chris Stirewalt said in an appearance on Tuesday that it is futile for GOP senators to try to push President Trump into having a more mainstream approach to NATO, stating at one point that Trump is likely to fly into this week’s summit like a “seagull” and “defecate all over everything.”

Stirewalt made the comments during an appearance on “Fox News @ Night” after host by Shannon Bream played a clip of Senate Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) voicing concerns about the NATO summit and the president’s upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.


#2

I’m confused.

A Fox News editor said this? And he didn’t mean it in a positive way?

Does Hannity know?


#3

From the article:

"And the Europeans are going to continue to say to each other, ‘We don’t have a reliable partner in the U.S. government right now.’”

Seems to me part of their definition of “reliable partner” is one who always picks up more than their fair share of the tab and shuts up about it. (And one who doesn’t question their business deals with their enemy)


#4

Well, hard to believe, but there are numerous links to these remarks online. Here is another:

EXCERPT:
On Tuesday night, Fox News politics editor Chris Stirewalt shared his thoughts about President Donald Trump‘s trip to the upcoming NATO summit.

Fox News anchor Shannon Bream had Stirewalt react to Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) expressing concern over a potential “bad NATO meeting” and that a “consolation” is given to Russian President Vladimir Putin afterwards.

Stirewalt had one message for congressional Republicans.

“Quit kidding yourselves,” Stirewalt told the GOP. “You will not stop Donald Trump from undermining NATO… and you will not stop him from realigning U.S. Foreign policy to be more favorable towards Russia. He is going to do it.”

Stirewalt then painted quite a picture with the following analogy.

“And the Republicans who say, ‘Well, we have a broad foreign policy apparatus and we forced him to impose these sanctions and we forced him to do these things,’ he’s going to fly into Brussels like a seagull,” Stirewalt continued. “He is going to defecate all over everything, squawk and fly away is what he’s going to do in Brussels.”

“Oh no,” Shannon Bream reacted.

“And the Europeans are going to continue to say to each other, ‘We don’t have a reliable partner in the U.S. government right now. We don’t think this is really a working relationship plus we have a trade were (war) going with them,’” Stirewalt added. “The president will succeed, whether it’s temporary or lasting, realigning U.S. foreign policy away from Europe and toward Moscow. It’s going to happen and Republicans like Corker better quit kidding themselves that they have a tether on this guy.”


#5

Is he still at Fox? :flushed::face_with_hand_over_mouth:


#6

This is like soooooo cooool.


#7

I generally feel like reading motivation into the actions of such an impulsive and reckless person is a fool’s errand, but does anyone know why he is doing this? What does he hope to accomplish by antagonizing our closest allies?


#8

I read yesterday that our US defense spending is also due to non NATO defense in the Pacific Ocean.

I also read yesterday that the obvious grimacing and discomfort of John Kelly during Trumps talk was due to his dislike of the breakfast, according to Sarah sanders.


#9

Don’t be confused by your own dislike of Fox. Dissenting voices are on there all the time. Doesn’t mean any of them are right.


#10

Getting them to honor their commitments to the NATO alliance? Maybe remove some of their unfair trade barriers? Just spitballin’ here…


#11

Is Juan Williams still on Fox? I seem to remember Maura Liasson showing up there as well at one time.


#12

But those alleged unfulfilled commitments are not factually correct are they? And there’s some question as to whether Trump knows how NATO works?

Maybe he’s less concerned with the fallout from antagonizing foreign leaders than he is with how it plays with his base watching at home?


#13

Most NATO nations are spending far less than the 2% of GDP that they committed to. Germany can’t even field 5% of their Typhoon fleet.

I think a fairer question is if Germany knows how NATO works.


#14

To my knowledge Williams still is.


#15

How do you mean?


#16

NATO is a military alliance. A military alliance requires a credible military, which Germany doesn’t have.


#17

Isn’t that built into their constitution, which we helped to write? In other words, it’s by design that it has a weak military.


#18

You’re thinking of Japan.


#19

Oh, I definitely think Germany does. How NATO works is that the U.S. spend a lot of money defending Germany while Germany does as little as possible to defend itself. Meanwhile, France pretends to be a member of NATO, but isn’t. Turkey is an Islamic state that will never again in our lifetimes be anything else. Poland is willing, but is presently too poor to do much about defense. Italy will always have excellent mountain troops made up of northern Italians. Britain will always have some of the best soldiers on earth, as will Canada. But neither will be able to contribute large numbers.

Then there are a lot of little guys who would like to be of help, but can’t be.


#20

That’s all true, and as a corollary we have lots of military bases in Germany, but they don’t have any military bases in the United States. I realize the NATO alliance is an outmoded system designed for Cold War realities, and I even favor winding it down. I don’t think Russia is going to invade Western Europe anytime soon.


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