Andrea Mitchell, NBC News’ chief foreign affairs correspondent and host of MSNBC’s ”Andrea Mitchell Reports,” showed her bias against President Trump’s approach to the 29-member North Atlantic Treaty Organization, calling into question the president’s authority as commander-in-chief who is creating “wreckage” of the institution.
“And you have to admire NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg for trying to put the best face on it, but he has the most difficult job right now,” Mitchell said Tuesday on Morning Joe.
“You can only imagine what Angela Merkel is thinking. You think back to the history of NATO and how these summits used to be held in Bonn. Reagan standing at the gate and saying ‘Tear down this wall, Mr. Gorbachev.’ I was there. It was one of the most incredible impressions, moments, I ever experienced as a correspondent. And now to see this wreckage taking place with our commander-in-chief, supposedly, it really is shocking.”
Mitchell’s comments came just before NATO issued a statement that leaders, including Trump, approved a severe package of measures to improve the alliance’s ability to defend against Russia and fight terrorism across the Middle East.
The statement also reiterated NATO’s pledge to increase defense spending, a top focus on Trump’s critique of the body. Most members currently fail to allocate their 2 percent target goal of GDP used for defense spending.
This new joint statement suggests Trump is forbearing on withholding financial support for NATO, for now. Members have already started to increase their GDP spending, and Mitchell scolded Trump for his NATO approach.
“The irony is that President Trump could have come here and taken a victory lap and taken credit for what was started under Bob Gates and Barack Obama and some of their predecessors in getting the NATO members to stand up and begin to meet these goals for 2024, as Germany and others now have,” Mitchell said. “He could have come in and said ‘They are doing this because of my pressure.’ And instead, he came in his haranguing form and tried to blow the whole thing up.”