President Trump came down hard on the European Union just ahead of his meeting with Russia’s President Putin.
Trump said the EU is “difficult” and is not treating the U.S. fairly, and he again blasted the German/Russia energy deal, which will reward Russia with “billions and billions” of dollars.
From Fox News
President Trump ratcheted up his criticism of the European Union the day before he meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland, calling the political and economic union “a foe” of the United States.
“I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade,” Trump said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday. “Now you wouldn’t think of the European Union but they’re a foe.”
Speaking ahead of his summit meeting on Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin and after a tumultuous week in Europe, Trump said that European leaders were taking advantage of the U.S. and failing to boost defense spending despite demands from Washington.
“EU is very difficult,” Trump said. “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.”
In the interview, Trump also continued his assault on Germany that he began during the two-day NATO summit on Brussels earlier in the week, calling out the country for a pipeline deal with Russia.
“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,” Trump said.
European Union Council President Donald Tusk immediately seized on Trump’s remarks on Sunday, saying that America and the EU are “best friends.”