People may not like the approach Donald Trump has taken with NATO, but it is clearly paying off.
In a video shared by Fox News, Hungary’s foreign minister, Peter Szijjarto, praised Trump for actually forcing member nations to finally pay their fair shares for the alliance, in contrast to the ineffective “lecturing” that came from Barack Obama.
Turning the Page
When Obama first took office, he went on a worldwide apology tour on behalf of the United States.
Not only that, he often seemed to lecture world leaders about how they should be running their own countries.
This was apparently the case when it came to NATO, too.
All the while, the United States was ponying up the bulk of NATO’s budget.
For his part, President Trump called out NATO and participating countries right out of the gate, demanding that everyone pay their fair share.
According to Szijjarto, that’s actually happening now. Another victory for Trump.
Liberal Political Elite
Szijjarto was not only praiseful of Trump in his comments, however — he hammered Obama and the liberal political elite as a whole.
“We understand the global political elite and the global liberal media hate your president, they hate what he has been doing,” the Hungarian diplomat said, “but they hate what we have been doing as well.”
Foreign Minister Szijjarto also told some rather disturbing tales of the relationship Obama officials had with NATO during Obama’s presidency.
Rather than Secretary of State John Kerry meeting with Szijjarto himself, the foreign minister had a meeting with Victoria Nuland, who was then serving as the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs.
“She basically threw a paper on the table when we had the negotiations,” Szijjarto said. “Some instructions were written how we should change our constitution, how we should change our regulation regarding media, constitutional court, churches, so on and so forth and she told me if we could comply with these instructions or advices, then it would be possible to speak about enhancing the bilateral political cooperation.”
Trump took the opposite approach. He demanded everyone pay their fair share — period — or the U.S. was going to cut ties.
According to Szijjarto, more countries are now paying their fair share and committing more money to their defense fund.
While the situation is far from perfect, it is far better with Trump as president than it was in the eight years Obama resided in the White House.