President Donald Trump joined other world leaders in Brussels, Belgium for the annual NATO summit — and the president wasn’t afraid to speak bluntly.
Following a breakfast that was tense at times, Trump and other world leaders posed for a photo together that’s grabbed the attention of the world. It’s a good representation of Trump going against the grain with his “America first” policies.
Here's the photo:
In the photo, the group world leaders are all looking in the same direction — everyone except for Trump, that is.
Trump is seen defiantly looking the other way.
It’s unclear what commanded the president’s attention, but the symbolism is spot-on.
The internet had plenty to say about the viral photo from the NATO summit. His supporters will surely see the image in a positive light, while his critics were busy arguing it represents Trump looking the "wrong" way. In reality, there likely isn't much to the photo other than subjective symbolism.
Earlier in the day, Trump confronted NATO members during a breakfast over defense spending and for being "delinquent" in repaying the United States.
“In many countries, they owe us a tremendous amount of money from many years back where they’re delinquent, as far as I’m concerned, because the United States has had to pay for them,” Trump said. “So if you go back 10 or 20 years, you just add it all up, it’s massive amounts of money is owed, the United States has paid, and stepped up like nobody.”
The president later asked in a tweet, "What good is NATO if Germany is paying Russia billions of dollars for gas and energy?"
"Why are there only 5 out of 29 countries that have met their commitment? The U.S. is paying for Europe’s protection, then loses billions on Trade. Must pay 2% of GDP IMMEDIATELY, not by 2025," he added.