Sep
12
Trump reveals why he’s okay being less popular than Obama


MILITARY. WE GAVE THEM A RAISE, A BEAUTIFUL RAISE. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] AND I ALSO GOT OTHER NATO MEMBERS TO PAY AN ADDITIONAL $100 BILLION OVER THE LAST YEAR AND A HALF THAT THEY WEREN’T PAYING. THEY WERE DELINQUENT. THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO PROTECT THEM, AND THEY DON’T PAY. I SAID, YOU DON’T DO THAT. YOU GOT TO PAY. WE ARE NEGOTIATING WITH A LOT OF THEM. THINK OF IT. WE HAVE THESE IMMENSELY WEALTHY COUNTRIES AND THEY ARE PAIN A FRACTION OF THE COST TO DEFEND THEM. HOW DOES THAT HAPPEN? AND YOU KNOW WHAT THE BIGGEST EXCUSE IS? CAN, YOU GOT TO PAY OR MR. PRIME MINISTER, YOU GOT TO PAY. OR, MR. PRESIDENT, YOU GOT TO PAY. IT’S COSTED US BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. DO YOU KNOW WHAT THE BIGGEST THING IS, BECAUSE I CAN’T UNDERSTAND HOW WE DID THIS FOR SO MANY YEARS. DECADES, DECADES. YOU HAVE BEEN DEFENDING ALL OF, I WON’T MENTION NAMES, BECAUSE I DON’T WANT TO EMBARRASS ANYBODY. I DON’T WANT TO. FORGET IT. SOME OF THE WEALTHIEST COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD. AND WHEN I SAY KINGS, PRESIDENT, PRIME MINISTER, QUEEN. NO MATTER WHAT I SAY, YOU KNOW WHAT THEY SAY? “BUT NOBODY’S EVER ASKED US TO DO THAT BEFORE.” THAT’S THEIR ONLY EXCUSE. BECAUSE I WOULD SAY, WHY ARE WE DEFENDING YOU A QUESTION MARK YOU ARE IMMENSELY WEALTHY. YOU COMPETE WITH US ON TRADE. WE HAVE LOUSY TRADE DEALS THAT WE ARE RENEGOTIATING WITH. WHY ARE WE PROTECTING YOU, MR. PRESIDENT? WELL, I DON’T KNOW. I DON’T KNOW. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT THEIR ANSWER IS? “BECAUSE YOU’VE ALWAYS DONE IT.” THAT’S NOT A GREAT ANSWER. SO WE ARE TAKING IN BILLIONS AND BILLIONS. BUT I’VE GOT $100 BILLION AND THE SECRETARY GENERAL OF NATO IS MY BIGGEST FAN. HE SAID, “YOU HAVE TO SEE THE NATIVE COST OF SPENDING. IT WAS GOING LIKE THIS AND OURS WAS GOING LIKE THIS.” WE HAVE BEEN DEFENDING MANY COUNTRIES WHO HAVE TREATED US VERY BADLY. NOW IS CHANGING AROUND. $100 BILLION. THEY’RE NOT HAPPY. 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. THE DAY I’M MORE POPULAR THAN HIM, I’M NOT DOING MY JOB. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] THEY LIKE HIM MORE IN EUROPE THAN THEY LIKE TRUMP. I THINK THEY SHOULD. $100 BILLION MORE, THEY PAY. TO PROTECT AMERICA’S SECURITY FROM THE HORRIBLE ONE-SIDED NUCLEAR DEAL. WE PAID THEM HUNDRED $50 BILLION FOR THAT PIECE OF WORK. I WITHDREW IT AND WE PUT SANCTIONS ALL OVER THE PLACE, BECAUSE THEY WERE MUCH DIFFERENT COUNTRY. LET’S SEE WHAT HAPPENS. BUT I CAN TELL YOU, THEY’D LIKE TO GET BACK TO BUSINESS, BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT DOING VERY WELL. WHEN I CAME INTO OFFICE, A REAL TERROR. 18 SITES OF CONFLICTION. THEY WERE BEHIND EVERY ONE OF THEM IN THE MIDDLE EAST. AND WHO KNOWS? IT COULD HAVE BEEN ELSEWHERE. AND I SAID, WE’RE NOT GOING TO DO IT. $150 BILLION PEERED PRESIDENT OBAMA PAID. AND 108 BILLION IN CASH. AND HUNDRED DOLLAR BILLS. IT’S A LOT. NOW, TAKE A MILLION DOLLARS AND BAKE AT $1.8 BILLION IN CASH. I’M ACTUALLY MORE IMPRESSED WITH THAT NUMBER, IF YOU WANT TO KNOW THE TRUTH. $1.8 BILLION IN CASH. I TERMINATED THE DEAL. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] AND I RECOGNIZE ISRAEL’S TRUE CAPITAL AND OPENED THE AMERICAN EMBASSY IN JERUSALEM, WHICH EVERY PRESIDENT SAID THEY WERE GOING TO DO. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] AND I ALSO APPROVED FOR ISRAEL THE GOAL ON HEIGHTS. IF YOU REALLY THINK OF IT, I SAID TO PEOPLE, WHAT’S MORE IMPORTANT? THE GOLAN HEIGHTS OR THE CAPITAL QUESTION WHAT HE SAID, “NEITHER,