Trump could fill a balloon with hot air because he blows so much of it. Take for example, NATO. Can Trump take the credit for NATO nations ponying up to carry their load? Answer: No.
Trump, as usual, is taking credit for something he is not doing. He wants the world to believe he is the reason NATO spending is up.
In a speech to the Polish people Thursday, President Donald Trump credited his leadership for eliciting "billions and billions of dollars more" in NATO spending from member countries.
"Americans know that a strong alliance of free, sovereign and independent nations is the best defense for our freedoms and for our interests. That is why my administration has demanded that all members of NATO finally meet their full and fair financial obligation," he said in Warsaw. "As a result of this insistence, billions of dollars more have begun to pour into NATO. In fact, people are shocked. But billions and billions of dollars more are coming in from countries that, in my opinion, would not have been paying so quickly."
Trump's not wrong to say that NATO spending is up. But there's no evidence to support the president's claim that he's responsible. According to NATO's 2017 estimates released last week, member nations have been committing steadily more to defense spending since 2014. Spending is up so far this year — but it was up last year, too, and the year before that. NBC
Therefore, Trump is blowing hot air taking credit for something he has not done. The truth is out there and we rate Trump's claim 5 our of 5 hot air balloons.