President Donald Trump in an interview with CBS Evening News stated that the European Union is a foe. However, he later added that it doesn’t make them bad, it makes them competitors.
“Well, I think we have a lot of foes. I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade. Now, you wouldn’t think of the European Union, but they’re a foe. Russia is foe in certain respects. China is a foe economically, certainly, they are a foe. But that doesn’t mean they are bad. It doesn’t mean anything. It means that they are competitive,” Mr. Trump said at his golf club in Turnberry, Scotland.
The United States, economically, has given advance to the European Union on many fronts, one of which is trade. Such is the reason for Trump’s comments. However, the Left is still freaking out.
“I respect the leaders of those countries. But, in a trade sense, they’ve really taken advantage of us and many of those countries are in NATO and they weren’t paying their bills,” he added.
In addition, the President also attacked Germany stating that they are “totally controlled” and “captive by Russia,” because of the resources that Germany receives from Russia.
Trump’s comments in regards to Germany were because of a new pipeline project between the two countries. The United States believes that the pipeline deal could give Russia a firmer grip on over Western Europe.
“Germany made a pipeline deal with Russia. Where they’re going to be paying Russia billions and billions of dollars a year for energy, and I say that’s not good, that’s not fair. You’re supposed to be fighting for someone and then that someone gives billions of dollars to the one you’re, you know, guarding against. I think it’s ridiculous, so I let that be known also this time,” Mr. Trump told Glor. “I’ll tell you what, there’s a lot of anger at the fact that Germany is paying Russia billions of dollars. There’s a lot of anger. I also think it’s a very bad thing for Germany. Because it’s like, what, are they waving a white flag?”
In response to the comments by President Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel later told reporters that she had experienced “how a part of Germany was controlled by the Soviet Union,” and that this time in dealings with Russia, Germany made “independent policies,” and “independent decisions.”
President Trump, who has been bombarded with the scandalous Russia Collusion investigation, saw fit to showcase how the European Union interacts with Russia, and just how much the former Soviet State has its hands in everything European. The fiery comments made by President Trump were made ahead of the meeting between President Trump and Prime Minister Putin.