Trump, of course, has been trashing NATO since before he became president, calling it an “obsolete” organization. At his first NATO summit, four months after taking office, he lectured the group about not paying bills supposedly owed to the U.S., shoved Montenegro Prime Minister Dusko Markovic out of the way so he could be front and center for a photo op, reportedly called Germany “bad, very bad” for selling cars in America; and refused to affirm Article 5 of the alliance treaty, which says all members will come to the aid of any country that is attacked, which has only ever once been invoked—when the U.S. was attacked on 9/11.

Anyway, Trump spent the plane ride over the the U.K. tweeting about how virtually every country involved in the organization was a deadbeat before he came on the scene, so it should be a fun couple of days for all.

Elsewhere!

“I’m done being quiet”: Ex-FBI lawyer Lisa Page slams Trump’s “sickening” attacks in first interview (Washington Post)

Wealthy Mercer family spent millions on conservative causes in 2018 as they distanced themselves from Trump (CNBC)

Trump campaign denies Bloomberg reporters access to events (Financial Times)

Jack Dorsey’s planned move to Africa divides Square and Twitter investors (CNBC)

“Peak” Private-Equity Fears Are Spreading Across Pension World (Bloomberg)

Nuns berate SEC over planned shareholder rules (Financial Times)

The Joe Biden Finger-Biting Meme Is Delicious (Intelligencer)

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Brazilian president Now Blaming the Amazon Fires on Leonardo DiCaprio for Some Reason (Vice)

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