Trump Calls EU 'a Foe' Ahead of Putin Meeting

Jul 16, 2018, 00:53
Trump Calls EU 'a Foe' Ahead of Putin Meeting

When asked by CBS if he would ask Putin to extradite the Russians to the US, Trump said he had not thought of that idea but that he might. "Now you wouldn't think of the European Union, but they're a foe", Trump said from his golf course in Scotland.

"Now you wouldn't think of the European Union, but they're a foe". Russia's a foe in certain respects. "China is a foe economically, certainly they are a foe", he said.

"It doesn't mean anything", he continued. But that doesn't mean they are bad. "They want to do well and we want to do well, and we're starting to do well".

The European Union is comprised of 28 member nations, including France, Spain, Germany, and Italy.

President Trump has raised eyebrows ahead of his meeting with Putin regarding who he feels are the enemies of the United States.

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Echoing comments made ahead of a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, Trump then turned his attention to Germany, criticizing their defense spending contributions as well as a deal to build a natural gas pipeline to Russian Federation. "I respect the leaders of those countries", Trump said of the European nations, pointing out how his mother was from Scotland and his dad was from Germany. "Whoever says we are foes is spreading fake news", employing one of Trump's favorite pejoratives for news stories he does not like.

He later gave an interview to British tabloid The Sun where he publically criticized British Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit negotiation strategy as she hosted him.

"The people of Germany are turning against their leadership as migration is rocking the already tenuous Berlin coalition", Trump tweeted in the midst of a row within the German goverment. And, you know, I love those countries.

"I respect the leaders of those countries", he said. "Sue the European Union, not go into negotiations, sue them", she said.

During last week's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, Trump repeatedly criticized other member countries for failing to spend more on defence, and openly questioned the alliance's objective.

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"I go in with low expectations", Trump told CBS.

According to Trump, the pipeline deal has generated "a lot of anger" for Germany, and it won't even be good for the country in the long run anyway.

Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, which guides the European Union, responded on Twitter with a quip: "America and the EU are best friends".

"Are they waving a white flag?" he asked.

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