President Trump is in Brussels for the NATO summit today. He kicked off the summit by unleashing insults on America’s allies and on the alliance as a whole. Before the official start of the NATO summit, Trump joined other leaders for breakfast. As cameras rolled Trump went on a tirade.
Seated two seats to the president’s right was White House Chief of Staff General John Kelly. During the president’s tantrum, Kelly’s discomfort can be seen. He visibly shifts in his seat, fidgeting as the country he serves is humiliated by the behavior of the president who is his boss.
Trump’s breakfast tirade took particular aim at Germany. The president claimed that Germany is “totally controlled by Russia.” He said that Germany is “a captive of Russia” because of a natural gas pipeline between the two countries.
While John Kelly demonstrated his discomfort in Brussels, the White House attempted to explain it away at in Washington DC. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tried to convince the public that they did not see the displeasure that was clear from Kelly’s reaction.
Sanders tried to say that the Chief of Staff was unhappy, not with the president’s behavior, but with his meal. She said, “[Kelly] was displeased because he was expecting a full breakfast and there were only pastries and cheese.”
Sanders apparently did not see the video, in it, the leaders and their representatives are not seen eating, in fact, they are seated in front of a table set with orange juice and empty plates. It appears as if they are waiting to be served.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel responded to the president’s rant without mentioning his name. She said, “Because of given circumstances I want to point out one thing: I experienced the Soviet occupation of one part of Germany myself. It is good that we are independent today.”