Donald Trump starts off NATO summit by claiming that Germany is captive of Russia. No, I am not kidding!

By | 2018-07-12T04:27:10+00:00 July 11th, 2018|Categories: Front Page, News|Tags: , , , , , |16 Comments

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. 

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16 Comments

  1. Anon July 11, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    I wish that Trump would be called out on this Nato world stage for untruthful facts then misportraying allies of the US. He deserves to be called out for lies such as stating Germany gets 70% of oil and gas from Russia. Talk about spreading fake news to be broadcast!

  2. Anonymous July 11, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    Obama Tops Public’s List of Best President in Their Lifetime, Followed by Clinton, Reagan

    When asked which president has done the best job in their lifetimes, more Americans name Barack Obama than any other president. More than four-in-ten (44%) say Obama is the best or second best president of their lifetimes, compared with about a third who mention Bill Clinton (33%) or Ronald Reagan (32%).

    http://www.people-press.org/2018/07/11/obama-tops-publics-list-of-best-president-in-their-lifetime-followed-by-clinton-reagan/

  3. Anonymous July 11, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    BOMBSHELL ON NBC: “Kavanaugh wrote that Congress should give the president the ability to FIRE special counsels!”

    Trump LOVES Brett Kavanaugh:
    He thinks Trump shouldn’t be INDICTED.
    He thinks Trump shouldn’t be INVESTIGATED.
    And he thinks Trump should be able to FIRE Mueller!!!

  4. Anonymous July 11, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    Sarah Sanders Humiliates Herself With NATO Lie For Trump

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/07/11/sarah-sanders-john-kelly-breakfast.html

    • anonymous July 11, 2018 at 2:17 pm

      “This White House thinks that the American people are morons who will believe anything. It is one thing for an administration to lie ceaselessly, but it something entirely different when their lies insult our intelligence.”

  5. Anonymous July 11, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    Shepard Smith Torches Trump Over NATO Remarks: Could ‘Turn Back the Global Clock Centuries’

    President Donald Trump “upended world order” and could “turn back the global clock centuries” said Fox News anchor Shepard Smith in a blistering 10-minute opening to his show on Wednesday regarding the President’s multiple anti-NATO tirades.

    Of particular attention for Shep was Trump’s multiply-repeated claim that European nations are “delinquent” in paying for the defense of Europe.

    “The truth is, every NATO country has paid its bills for NATO’s shared budget. No country, not one, is delinquent,” said the Fox anchor. “About four years ago, NATO members agreed to beef up their militaries, to spend two percent of their countries gross domestic product for defnse by 2024.”

    “Obviously that deadline is six years away and only a handful of those countries have reached that goal,” he said. But “in each of the last four years, the vast majority of European nations in the alliance have increased their defense spending as a percentage of GDP. The combined increase is more than 87 billion in defense spending. The trend is positive. Just as President Trump has been demanding.”

    https://www.mediaite.com/tv/shepard-smith-torches-trump-over-nato-remarks-could-turn-back-the-global-clock-centuries/

  6. anonymous July 11, 2018 at 2:01 pm

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    ‘Peter, Paul and Mary perform “Blowin’ in the Wind” live at their 25th anniversary concert in 1986.’

  7. Anonymous July 11, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    Merkel Fires Back at Trump’s ‘Captive to Russia’ Slam: I Grew Up in East Germany

    …Trump’s comments have not gone over well in Germany. The Post reports that the Munich-based news outlet Süddeutsche Zeitung, one of Germany’s largest news organizations, ran a story about the president’s slams against Germany with the headline: “It is not only bad, it is catastrophic.”

    https://www.mediaite.com/online/merkel-fires-back-at-trumps-captive-to-russia-slam-on-germany-i-grew-up-in-east-germany/

    Ex-CIA Chief Brennan Blasts Trump Over NATO Remarks: ‘Dangerously Naive & Grossly Ignorant’

    …Former Secretary of State John Kerry slammed Trump in a statement this morning saying, “The President set America back this morning. He is steadily destroying our reputation in the world. He is undermining our interests. He diminishes alliances we built to safeguard an economic and strategic force that has allowed millions of people to live in freedom.”

    Brennan retweeted Kerry’s statement and said, “It is in the interest of America’s security if NATO leaders push back against the reckless behavior of Donald Trump, who is dangerously naive & grossly ignorant of how the world works. History inevitably will regard Trump as one of the most disastrous figures of the 21st century.”
    .
    https://www.mediaite.com/online/ex-cia-chief-brennan-blasts-trump-over-nato-remarks-dangerously-naive-grossly-ignorant/

  8. Anonymous July 11, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    Got a Spare $1,000? Well Congrats, You Can Get VIP Tickets to Sean Spicer’s Book Party

    If you want to attend a July 24 book party for former Trump White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer‘s new Trump-friendly tell-all, be prepared to pony up.

    Tickets for the party, which feature Spicer talking about his journey in becoming an author, are going for as much as $1000, according to CNN.

    The July 24 event will be held at a ritzy Washington DC location. In addition to food, drinks and a chance to hear Spicer talk, Fox News’ Katie Pavlich will be on hand to lead a Q&A.

    For those unwilling to shell out $1000, the much cheaper “press corps” seats only cost $30 and include a copy of Spicer’s new book, which is pre-selling on Amazon for just over 20 bucks.

    Press corps attendees, though, will miss out on the VIP reception. For the full $1000, you can bring 3 of your friends, get your books personalized by Spicer and be named as part of the host committee. It is unclear if the $1000 price point gives you a chance to ask, and get your question actually answered, by the former Press Secretary.

    Asked about the ticket costs, Spicer told CNN he was not benefiting from any profits made on the ticket sales and it was the organizers who set the price, not him.

    “We are extremely grateful for the tremendous support we have received surrounding the launch of my book and are thankful for the generosity of the hosts for providing an amazing venue that is able [to] support what will definitely be a great event,” Spicer said.

    In addition to the July 24 paid event, an invite-only event will be held at Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC on July 26th. That event will be hosted by Donald Trump Jr., Lara Trump and others.

    President Donald Trump has also promoted Spicer’s book on his Twitter feed, writing of the book, “Really good, go get it!”

    https://www.mediaite.com/politics/people-are-shelling-out-up-to-1000-to-attend-sean-spicers-book-launch/

    • Immoral July 11, 2018 at 4:00 pm

      $arah will hump her way there. Or pimp out another kid. Baby factory. Pant.pant.

  9. Anonymous July 11, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    Furious Trump unleashes unhinged tweet against ‘Ex-FBI LAYER Lisa Page’

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/furious-trump-unleashes-unhinged-tweet-ex-fbi-layer-lisa-page/

    Sarah Palin vents her rage against ‘evil, exploitive, sick’ Sacha Baron Cohen after being duped

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    • Beaglemom July 11, 2018 at 3:37 pm

      Does Don the Con mean “lawyer” when he tweets “layer”? Trump must have the most disagreeable personality on the planet. He is always in a rage. I pity the White House cleaning staff and those who work in the gardens or the kitchens. All that vitriol – all the time.

      Trump’s whole NATO tantrum this morning was so true to form. He is always accusing others of doing just what he’s doing. Trump is the one who is Putin’s lapdog, not Angela Merkel or the German people. He erroneously accused Hillary Clinton of schmoozing with the Russians (???) and of rigging the 2016 election.

      The 45th president is bringing shame to all of us. I hope the Europeans understand that he does not represent the US, but Putin.

      • Anonymous July 11, 2018 at 5:08 pm

        —— and $arah is getting pummeled on every site I visit that allows comments.
        She and her “still” spine. What an absolute dunce; she’ll never get it. Ever.

  10. Anonymous July 11, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    Trump trashes Germany, then wimps out face-to-face with Merkel

    Trump went after Germany loudly at the opening of the NATO conference. But when he had a chance to go head-to-head with Chancellor Angela Merkel, he went meek.

    Trump once again went on the attack against Germany, one of America’s closest allies. But soon after, in a face-to-face meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, he was too cowardly to repeat his rhetoric.

    At the start of the annual meeting of NATO leaders, Trump said Germany was “totally controlled by Russia” and also said the country was a “captive of Russia.”

    Soon after his tirade, Merkel addressed Trump’s smear, saying, “Because of given circumstances I want to point out one thing: I experienced the Soviet occupation of one part of Germany myself. It is good that we are independent today.”

    But when he went face to face with the German leader, Trump retreated from his earlier hostility.

    Seated just inches away from Merkel, Trump squirmed in his seat and said, “We have a very very good relationship with the Chancellor, we have a tremendous relationship with Germany.”

    He also congratulated Merkel on her “tremendous success.”

    All of the bully talk was suddenly gone.

    https://shareblue.com/trump-germany-angela-merkel-nato-summit/

  11. Anonymous July 11, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    Trump’s ‘diplomatic malpractice’ hurts America

    …“Frankly, it’s just infuriating to watch this happen,” Burns said, and called Trump’s vilification of the alliance “Orwellian.”

    “He’s making our friends out to be our enemies, and he’s treating our enemies, like Putin, as our friends, and he’s misrepresenting the facts,” Burns added. “There have been four straight years of budget increases by every NATO ally. The great majority of them will be at this magical 2 percent of gross domestic product level by 2024.”

    He pointed out that America’s “ability to project power in the world, in the Middle East and Afghanistan,” is enabled by U.S. military bases “that the Europeans pay us for.”

    “They pay us $2.5 billion a year to keep our forces there,” Burns said. “It would cost us more money to bring the troops home than to keep them in Europe.”

    Burns added that Trump’s tirade is “all about politics, and the president’s base, not about the power of the United States. This incredible alliance that we’ve built, every president from Truman, it’s infuriating to see this happen. It’s diplomatic malpractice.”

    https://shareblue.com/former-ambassador-trump-diplomatic-malpractice-nato-u-s-allies/

  12. Anonymous July 13, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    Trump’s uncouth behavior has pissed off the English. They didn’t take too kindly for him insulting his hostess. And I’m not talking about the Queen. I’m talking about Teresa May. Even those that don’t like her or agree with her are affronted. He’s bragged how he had breakfast, lunch and dinner at her home, but then he’s also criticized her Brexit strategy. They consider that socially unacceptable. I’m not sure why they are surprised. It’s not like we didn’t know he was a boor. He’s don’t this before. From the shoving at one conference to the verbal dressing down at another. He just can’t help being a bully and a big, fat, ignorant, loud, bloviating DICK.

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