President Trump blasted Germany Wednesday morning over its gas pipeline deal with Russia, arguing that the agreement has made America’s ally “captive to Russia” while demanding that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization assess the situation.
Trump fired shots at America’s longtime allies mere hours after his arrival at the NATO summit in Brussels, setting up what is expected to be a highly unpredictable two days of meetings.
“I have to say, I think it’s very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russia, where you’re supposed to be guarding against Russia, and Germany goes out and pays billions and billions of dollars a year to Russia,” Trump stated during a meeting with the NATO secretary general.
“If you look at it, Germany is a captive of Russia because they supply,” he added. “They got rid of their coal plants. They got rid of their nuclear. They’re getting so much of the oil and gas from Russia. I think it’s something that NATO has to look at. I think it’s very inappropriate.”
The president was seemingly referencing the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, a project aimed at delivering gas from Russia to parts of Northern Germany. The deal has spurned backlash from the U.S. alongside several other European nations, as they worry it could give Russia leverage over Western Europe, according to The Associated Press.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg pushed back against Trump’s recent remarks, calling for unity among member nations.
“You know, NATO is an alliance of 29 nations, and there are sometimes differences and different views, and also some disagreements. And the gas pipeline from Russia to Germany is one issue where allies disagree,” Stoltenberg stated.
Here’s how Americans responded:
Everything Trump accuses others of is something he is guilty of himself.
— malcontent (@p1x3lf4c7) July 11, 2018
Hes a disgrace to America
— Denise (@Denise34958908) July 11, 2018
Seems like he’s jealous of Germany’s relationships with Russia.
— Linda Lazar (@Loaner777) July 11, 2018
Sick lying corrrupt con man Trump trying to impress Putin by destroying NATO and fighting with allies! Why is America allowing this behavior he is not representing our countrys majority?
— Tomgirl (@Ll129Tomgirl) July 11, 2018
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