Democrats are so afraid of a Republican win in November’s race for the White House that they’re taking their opposition message on the road — all the way to Italy.
Consider it the American taxpayer’s contribution to Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
A contingent of Democratic lawmakers — led by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi — arrived in Italy this week to emphasize the importance of maintaining our NATO alliances. It’s an obvious counter to Donald Trump’s assertion that our defense of other NATO shouldn’t be automatic.
The topics of the Monday meeting with top Italian officials, including President Sergio Mattarella, focused on “counterterrorism, cyber-security and other critical national security topics” the California Democrat said, according to The Hill.
Pelosi is visiting Italy as part of a larger Democratic delegation that includes Reps. Eliot Engel (N.Y.), Rosa DeLauro (Conn.), Steve Israel (N.Y.), Anna Eshoo (Calif.), Dutch Ruppersberger (Md.), André Carson (Ind.) and Terri Sewell (Ala.).
Pelosi said the group also focused heavily on the influx of refugees entering Europe to escape violence in the Middle East and Northern Africa. She stressed the importance of finding “a coordinated regional approach” designed “to advance economic growth and expand opportunities to address the root causes of migration.”
Again emphasizing the military alliance, she referred to Italy as “our close friend in NATO”
“In our meeting with President Mattarella, we thanked him for Italy’s security cooperation with the United States as our close friend in NATO and for hosting our men and women in uniform, as well as our military families,” Pelosi said in a statement. “We acknowledged Italy’s support for international security initiatives, including NATO training missions in Afghanistan and Iraq.”
The message was clear — all that will be lost if America elects Donald Trump on Nov. 8.
Only the United States and four other of the 28 NATO member nations contribute the 2 percent of their economy on defense — a stated NATO goal.
Last month the Republican presidential nominee told The New York Times that support for other member nations would be contingent upon whether they they met that goal.
“If they fulfill their obligations to us, the answer is yes [I would support them],” he said.
Trump reiterated his position to ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos in an interview that aired Sunday.
“We’re protecting these countries and they’re not paying,” he said on ABC’s “This Week.”
“So with all of these strong ties to NATO, Ukraine is a mess. Crimea has been taken. Don’t blame Donald Trump for that.”
Although the cost of the Democratic delegation’s junket so far is not know, one can safely assume they didn’t eat at McDonald’s, sleep at Motel-6 or fly economy.
It was all partisan politics, and the American taxpayer foot the bill.
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