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Trump Administration Gets Germany to Pull More of Its Weight by Increasing Defense Spending

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Deutsche Welle reported that total military spending at the global level reached $1.9 trillion (€1.7 trillion) in 2019.

This represented the highest total in real terms since 1988.

In Germany’s case, spending increased by 10 percent to 49.3 billion. Germany’s increase in spending was the largest spike in defense spending among the world’s top 15 countries.

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“There’s been pressure on Germany to increase its military expenditure since before the Trump administration,” declared Max Mutschler from the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC), a foreign policy research institute. “The impact of this pressure is now becoming clear. However, one has to say that expenditure is still well below the 2% mark.”

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During a NATO summit in Wales in 2014, members reached an agreement to pitch in at least 2% of their GDP on defense within the next decade. In 2019, Germany’s military expenditure accounted for 1.38 percent of its GDP.

Throughout his presidency, President Donald Trump has made it a point for NATO countries to pull their own weight in terms of defense spending.

So far, it seems his pressure has made an impact.

It’s been over 70 years since World War II concluded.

The U.S. no longer has to be the world’s policeman.

Countries will now have to pull their own weight and not have to rely on the U.S. to always save them.

The Trump administration offers a fresh perspective to the defense-industry controlled administrations of his predecessors,

Although he still has work to do in terms of getting out of never-ending wars in the Middle East, Trump has shown that he can get some progress made on foreign policy matters.

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Starbucks Barista FIRED After Refusing to Wear “Pride” T-Shirt for Religious Reasons, According to Lawsuit

She is a Christian and was apparently told by her manager that she didn’t have to wear it.

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A former Starbucks barista is filing an unlawful discrimination lawsuit against the coffee giant, claiming they fired her for refusing to wear a “Pride” t-shirt that violated her Christian religious convictions.

Betsy Fresse started working as a barista in December 2015. After transferring to a Glen Ridge, New Jersey, store in early 2019, managers apparently “assured” her that her Christian faith wouldn’t be an issue.

Then in June 2019, she noticed a box of Pride shirts on a desk and asked if they’d make her wear one. Her store manager said she wouldn’t have to, but two months later she found herself out of a job after being terminated by a district manager.

A notice of separation claims that Fresse was fired for violating Starbucks’ “core values.” It specifically mentions an incident where she said her colleagues “need Jesus” when given the “Pride” shirt.

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Starbucks maintains that “no part of our dress code requires partners to wear any approved items that they have not personally selected” and that Fresse’s claims are “without merit,” in a comment to the New York Post.

So Starbucks denies that she was fired for not wearing the shirt, yet their notice of separation appears to claim that they fired her for something she said about Jesus. Not a good look either way.

Fresse is seeking backpay, punitive damages, money to cover the cost of an attorney, and a permanent injunction that prevents Starbucks from “failing to accommodate […] sincerely held religious beliefs.”

Starbucks has long been a major player in the world of Woke Capital. Back in February Big League Politics reported on how the British branch of Starbucks was raising money for a pro-transgender lobbying group:

The U.K. branch of Starbucks is raising money to push for the chemical castration and surgical mutilation of children.

Nathanael Blake at The Federalist reported that the multinational titan is selling special mermaid-shaped cookies to help the pro-transgender lobbying group Mermaids. Curiously, the group’s founder took her underage son to Thailand to undergo a castration procedure.

Blake correctly observed “That Starbucks is supporting this group illustrates how thoroughly radicals have conquered both the LGBT movement and corporate culture.”

He also called attention to how “In a few years the fight has shifted from government recognition of same-sex relationships as legal marriages to mastectomies, sterilization, and castration for children.”

Here’s hoping that Betsy Fresse is successful in her lawsuit.

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