Army General Schools CNN’s Cuomo

As reported by MRC

Between President Trump’s trip to the NATO summit last week and his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, the liberal media had been trying to portray Trump as a bull in a china shop damaging relationships with allies and upending global norms. During Wednesday’s edition of Cuomo PrimeTime, CNN host Chris Cuomo tried to continue that narrative only to have it turned around on him by Brigadier General Anthony Tata (U.S. Army Retired).

Cuomo was offended that President Trump was demanding NATO members pay the defense obligations they agreed to and was hoping to get the General to slam the President for it. “This idea that the United States will back you as a NATO ally if you pay your share, is that the right message to send,” Cuomo scoffed.

But General Tata didn’t buy into Cuomo suggestions. “I think any discussion on the threshold on decision-making with regard to combat or decision-making regarding coming to the aid of a NATO member is a good discussion to have,” he stated. “The President has been consistent on his message:0 You’ve got to pay your fair share. And you know, it’s a good discussion to have.

But the idea that it’s an if/then, if you pay, then I’ll take your back, that’s not the way it’s supposed to work,” Cuomo pushed back.

Tata reminded Cuomo that there was no talk of evoking Article V (mutual defense) of the NATO agreement by Obama when allies were being attacked by ISIS. “[H]e flicked lint off his suit. Right? And did nothing….I think it’s perfectly valid for the President of the United States now to have a conversation, what is the threshold [need to invoke Article V] and should member nations pay more,” he argued.

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Cuomo chided Trump by suggesting he wasn’t thinking at as high a level as the General was. He then proceeded to use a 2016 clip of current National Security Adviser John Bolton criticizing then-candidate Trump by suggesting his thoughts on NATO were inviting an attack by Russia. “That’s the situation we’re in right now,” Cuomo declared. “Do you share the concern?

I don’t think that’s the situation we’re in, Chris,” Tata dismissed. “I’ve been all over the Balkans. I’ve been in Bosnia, Croatia. I’ve been through Montenegro. I’ve been in Macedonia, Kosovo. Montenegro is well-protected. They may have some cyber-attacks or whatever but I don’t think there’s any threat against Montenegro right now from Russia.

The General stepped up his rebuttal to Cuomo’s hysteria by expertly pointing out that Trump’s demands to have NATO members pay more would lead to a stronger alliance that could stand up to Russia more effectively:

I think it was just the President being very consistent with his messaging with regard to NATO. Member nations must pay their fair share is essentially what he’s been saying. And it makes the alliance stronger, Chris, if everybody does. And that sends a message to Russia that this is a stronger alliance. Meanwhile, our military has the largest budget it’s ever had.

With Cuomo back on his heels, Tata hit him with a reality check regarding how “in the face of Russia,” the U.S. had been under Trump. “We have attacked Syria, a Russian state, for lack of a better term, that Russia has a naval base right close to where several of our attacks came in,” he recalled. “We killed about 200 Russian mercenaries and didn’t apologize for it. We just steamrolled right through them as part of our ISIS fight. And so, Chris, we’ve been very tough on Russia.

All right, I hear you, General. I hear you. I’m just saying it’s been a mixed picture given what we saw in Helsinki a little bit before,” Cuomo huffed as he threw in the towel.

Cuomo chided Trump by suggesting he wasn’t thinking at as high a level as the General was. He then proceeded to use a 2016 clip of current National Security Adviser John Bolton criticizing then-candidate Trump by suggesting his thoughts on NATO were inviting an attack by Russia. “That’s the situation we’re in right now,” Cuomo declared. “Do you share the concern?

I don’t think that’s the situation we’re in, Chris,” Tata dismissed. “I’ve been all over the Balkans. I’ve been in Bosnia, Croatia. I’ve been through Montenegro. I’ve been in Macedonia, Kosovo. Montenegro is well-protected. They may have some cyber-attacks or whatever but I don’t think there’s any threat against Montenegro right now from Russia.

The General stepped up his rebuttal to Cuomo’s hysteria by expertly pointing out that Trump’s demands to have NATO members pay more would lead to a stronger alliance that could stand up to Russia more effectively:

I think it was just the President being very consistent with his messaging with regard to NATO. Member nations must pay their fair share is essentially what he’s been saying. And it makes the alliance stronger, Chris, if everybody does. And that sends a message to Russia that this is a stronger alliance. Meanwhile, our military has the largest budget it’s ever had.

With Cuomo back on his heels, Tata hit him with a reality check regarding how “in the face of Russia,” the U.S. had been under Trump. “We have attacked Syria, a Russian state, for lack of a better term, that Russia has a naval base right close to where several of our attacks came in,” he recalled. “We killed about 200 Russian mercenaries and didn’t apologize for it. We just steamrolled right through them as part of our ISIS fight. And so, Chris, we’ve been very tough on Russia.

All right, I hear you, General. I hear you. I’m just saying it’s been a mixed picture given what we saw in Helsinki a little bit before,” Cuomo huffed as he threw in the towel.