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Friday, July 13, 2018

Trump's tough talk at NATO prompts media freakout about insulting allies

a vital debate, to be sure, about the future of NATO, but many commentators are simply offended by Trump's undiplomatic approach in challenging our allies.

And yet within hours of the breakfast, Trump joined the other leaders in approving a plan to bolster defenses against Russia and terrorism.

And that's the thing that many Trump critics still fail to understand. To him, these meetings and summits are a show and he needs to deliver a riveting performance. It's similar to what he did with his confrontational approach to the G-7, where he picked a fight with Justin Trudeau.

And what was the sitdown with Kim Jong-un if not a made-for-television extravaganza?

But once that spotlight fades, it remains to be seen whether the administration negotiates sweeping changes (not going so well in the case of North Korea) or engages in compromise.

And that, in the end, will be more important than what Trump said over a Belgian breakfast.

Howard Kurtz is a Fox News analyst and the host of "MediaBuzz" (Sundays 11 a.m.). He is the author "Media Madness: Donald Trump, The Press and the War Over the Truth." Follow him at @HowardKurtz. Click here for more information on Howard Kurtz.