Donald Trump spoke out to slam Barack Obama on Monday evening, publicly humiliating him by indicting that Obama was a terrible president.
Fox News reported that during a rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Trump said that he is happy to be less popular than Obama was internationally because it means he is doing his job. He explained that Obama should indeed be better-liked abroad than he is because he is actually making European nations “pay their bills.”
“I got other NATO members to pay an additional $100 billion in the last year and a half that they weren’t paying,” Trump said. “They were delinquent. Now we’re finally making immensely wealthy countries pay the cost of their defense.”
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Apparently referring to reports that America is less popular in Europe with him in office than when Obama was president, Trump said that he knows exactly why the former president is popular than him.
“Then, I read where Obama is more popular in Germany than Trump — he’s got to be — I’m making people pay their bills,” Trump said. “The day that I’m more popular than him, I’m not doing my job. They like him more in Europe than they like Trump — I think they should… it’s $100 billion more they’re paying [NATO].”
President Trump: “And then I read where Obama is more popular in Germany than Trump. He’s got to be, I’m making people pay their bills. He’s got to be. You know the day that I’m more popular than him, I’m not doing my job.” pic.twitter.com/qlOemrUR2C
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This comes after a new poll found that 80 percent of Germans said relations with America had declined over the previous year. Back in April, a headline from Deutsche Welle declared Obama received a “rock star reception” in Köln earlier this year. Trump also said last night that at least one major European figure who is happy to see him in the White House.
“Secretary-General of NATO [Jens] Stoltenberg is my biggest fan,” Trump claimed.
Trump went on to say that he has been successful in pressuring several countries to pay more of their NATO commitments, as the U.S. routinely pays more than its own minimum requirement per year.
Obama has repeatedly criticized Trump since leaving office, though he has not mentioned the current president by name. After the mass shootings last month, Obama seemingly referred to Trump when he said that Americans must “soundly reject language” from any political leader who “feeds a climate of fear and hatred or normalizes racist sentiments.”