1600 Daily: Everything White House 07/11/2018
The Day Ahead
President Donald J. Trump continues his European trip, participating in a welcoming ceremony in Belgium with First Lady Melania Trump. Watch live at 1:10 p.m. ET.
This morning in Europe
As the NATO summit began in Brussels, President Trump delivered a clear message to America’s allies: The transatlantic Alliance is too important not to invest in. “The United States is paying far too much, and other countries are not paying enough,” the President said this morning.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg echoed that goal. “We will continue to focus on defense spending, because as the President just said, NATO Allies have to invest more in defense, and that’s not exactly what they’re doing,” he said. President Trump thanked the Secretary General for working hard to make progress. “He understands the problem.”
While former President Obama also urged our NATO allies to share the defense burden, President Trump is the one getting results. Since President Trump took office, each member state has increased its defense spending: In 2017 alone, we saw an increase of more than 4.8 percent in defense spending among our NATO Allies. “But that’s not nearly enough,” President Trump makes clear.
Why it matters: America’s lasting commitment to NATO
Support builds for President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee
Judge Brett Kavanaugh is widely admired as a brilliant jurist with impeccable legal credentials, and those qualifications are earning him widespread support on Capitol Hill and beyond. In less than 48 hours since President Trump announced Judge Kavanaugh as his nominee for the High Court, nearly 100 members of Congress and counting have expressed their support.
Former President George W. Bush weighed in, as well. “President Trump has made an outstanding decision in nominating Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Brett is a brilliant jurist who has faithfully applied the Constitution and laws throughout his 12 years on the D.C. Circuit,” the former President says.
Senate leaders agree. “President Trump has made a superb choice,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) says. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) adds that “Judge Kavanaugh is one of the most qualified Supreme Court nominees to come before the Senate.”