1. Thursday, President Trump continued to double down on his claim that the other nations in NATO do not pay for their fair share for defense. The NATO summit in Brussels was a chance for the new President to listen and learn but President Trump gave a speech that harken to his campaign of complaining that countries in NATO do not pay their fair share. Trump, on the world stage, chided the leaders of Germany, France and Great Britain for their contributions that are less than 2 percent of their budgets. The contributions are not given to a pool; they are not a mandatory club dues or fees that other countries are forking over to cover expenses. The contributions are only to cover defense expenses for that country. It does not cost the citizens of the United States more because the other countries do not pay 2 percent. It does not influence what the U. S pays.
2. The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that they have found a direct connection between the Russian operative who hacked the Democratic National Committee’s computer files and a Republican political operative in Florida. The WSJ identifies the Republican operative as Aaron Nevins who contacted the hacker “Guccifer 2.0” who had been identified as the one who had tapped into the DNC, Nevins wrote to the hacker to say: “Feel free to send any Florida based information.” It is reported that Nevins received 2.5 gigabytes of DNC documents, which he posted on a blog called HelloFLA.com. Guccifer 2.0 then sent a link to the documents to President Trump’s adviser and friend Roger Stone. Stone denies sharing the information with anyone. Nevins admitted his part of the release of documents to the Wall Street Journal.