Courtesy of Raw Story
Trump said Germany’s closure of coal and nuclear power plants on environmental grounds had increased its dependence, like much of the rest of Europe, on Russian gas.
Trump said: “We’re protecting Germany, we’re protecting France, we’re protecting all of these countries. And then numerous of the countries go out and make a pipeline deal with Russia where they’re paying billions of dollars into the coffers of Russia … I think that’s very inappropriate.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who meets Trump at the summit, has given political backing to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline to import more gas, despite criticism from other EU governments. However, Berlin insists it is a privately funded commercial project with no input of public money.
Trump said: “If you look at it, Germany is a captive of Russia. They got rid of their coal plants, they got rid of their nuclear, they’re getting so much of their oil and gas from Russia. I think it is something NATO has to look at.”
However, his comment that “Germany is totally controlled by Russia because they are getting 60 to 70 percent of their energy from Russia and a new pipeline” appeared to misstate German energy use — about 20 percent of which is accounted for by oil and gas imports from Russia.
That’s right, according to Trump it’s Germany that is the “captive” of Russia.
Ah, the irony.
It should also be pointed out that this gas deal with Russia is a deal with a private company, and not the German government.
Angela Merkel has already clapped back.
Courtesy of the BBC:
“I want to say that I have experience of when a part of Germany was controlled by the Soviet Union,” she told reporters.
“I am very happy that today we are united in freedom as the Federal Republic of Germany. Because of that we can say that we can make our independent policies and make independent decisions.
“That is very good, especially for people in eastern Germany.”
She added that Germany had put a huge proportion of its troops at Nato’s disposal.
“We are still very heavily involved in Afghanistan and thus we also defend the interests of the United States of America… and Germany was pleased to do it and did it out of conviction,” she said.
Interestingly enough the Senate knew that Trump would pull some crap like this so they voted 92-2 in support of a motion supporting NATO.
After this summit, Trump is scheduled to make that trip to see the British protesters, and then it is off for his much-anticipated meeting with his Kremlin handler.
Does anybody think he will take this adversarial tone with Putin?
Damn right he won’t.
And why should he since he is clearly working off of Putin’s playbook?
Get a load of how Russian State TV responded to Trump’s comments during the NATO summit:
A guest on Russia’s state television network on Wednesday found herself stunned by President Donald Trump’s performance at this week’s NATO summit, in which the president angrily attacked longtime allies for allegedly not contributing enough to the alliance.
Julia Davis, who runs the Russian Media Monitor website, reports via Twitter that Association for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation President Tatyana Parkhalina told the Russian “60 Minutes” news program on Wednesday that she never dreamed she’d see an American president do so much to undermine his own country’s longest standing alliances.
“I never thought I’d live to see this!” she exclaimed, according to Davis’ translation. “Neither the USSR nor Russia, who tried many times to drive the wedge between transatlantic allies, but Washington is doing everything to break down the foundations of transatlantic alliance and unity.”
Go ahead and tell me again that there is no collusion between Russia and Donald Trump.