Trump calls the European Union a 'foe' of America

Evarado Alatorre
Julio 15, 2018

After a tumultuous North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit last week and massive protests against him in the U.K., President Donald Trump kept up his hyperbolic criticism of longstanding US allies during an interview with "CBS Evening News".

The president also tells CBS News that he "hadn't thought" about asking Putin to extradite the dozen Russian military intelligence officers indicted this past week in Washington on charges related to the hacking of Democratic targets in the 2016 US election, but says that "certainly I'll be asking about it". "I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade", Mr Trump told CBS's "Face the Nation". "Now you wouldn't think of the European Union but they're a foe". Naming the Kremlin in his list, Trump said, "Russia's a foe in certain respects". "China is a foe economically certainly. but that doesn't mean they're bad... They had bad defences and they were able to be hacked", he added. It doesn't mean anything. It means that they are competitors. "What they do to us in trade". I respect the leaders of those countries. Last week, Trump embarked on a foreign tour in Europe that began with a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation conference, a visit to the United Kingdom and is expected to end with a summit in Finland with Russian President Vladamir Putin.

"You know I love those countries".

Mr Trump said he respects Europe's leaders but says they have taken advantage of the United States on trade and defence spending.

US President Donald Trump has offered both candid praise and unabashed criticism of Germany and its policies.

In response, European Union leader Donald Tusk tweeted: "America and the European Union are best friends".

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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.

Speaking on the BBC, she said: "He told me I should sue the European Union - not go into negotiations".

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.

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

The comments follow a contentious North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels where Trump urged members to spend more on defense, as well as scolding Germany for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project with Russian Federation.

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