President Donald Trump unleashed a furious rant against America’s “delinquent” NATO allies during a breakfast on Wednesday morning. The world leaders in the room could only sit in silence as they listened to Trump’s tirade.
Trump reminded nations that many of them still owe the U.S. “tremendous” amounts of money.
“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.”
Watch Trump's remarks to NATO below:
President Trump also confronted Germany for allegedly being beholden to Russia.
"We’re supposed to protect you against Russia, and yet you make this deal with Russia. Explain that. It can’t be explained," Trump said of Germany.
He added, "Germany is totally controlled by Russia."
It got even more tense when NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg attempted to reign in Trump during his rant.
"We have all been able to unite around our core values, that we are all stronger together than apart," Stoltenberg said to Trump.
"How can you be stronger when a country is getting energy from the person you want to protect against?" Trump shot back.
"Because we understand when we stand together we are stronger," Stoltenberg responded.
Trump replied bluntly, "No, you are just making Russia richer."
"Trump's harsh words for the longtime U.S. ally are part of a larger broadside against European nations that the president says are taking advantage of America," NBC News reported. "They signaled that he has no intention of easing pressure on alliance nations just because Europe is nervous that tensions could empower Russian President Vladimir Putin, with whom Trump is scheduled to meet Monday in Helsinki."
One thing is certain: America is now using a no-nonsense style of diplomacy.