European Union is a foe, says Donald Trump

Frederick Owens
July 15, 2018

Asked about the tone he expects at his upcoming summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump shifted topics, saying in a CBS News interview excerpt that "we're greatly hampered by this whole witch hunt that's going in the United States". It doesn't mean anything. I mean, my mother was Scotland.

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.

"Germany made a pipeline deal with Russian Federation where they're going to be paying Russian Federation billions and billions of dollars a year for energy, and I say that's not good, that's not fair", Trump said.

"I respect the leaders of those countries", Trump said of the European Union. "What, are they waving a white flag?" he added.

"The Germans are bad, very bad".

Trump continued railing against the former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who's anti-Trump text messages led to his firing from Mueller's team, adding that Strzok wanted "to do things against me before I was even-I guess before I was even the candidate".

In fact, Trump's father was born in New York City. He was referring to his unproven allegations that ex-President Barack Obama tapped his phone.

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"I love those countries".

This will be their first stand-alone meeting since Trump took office in January 2017.

Pressed on describing the a USA foe - commonly considered a synonym for enemy or opponent - Trump said "I love those countries" but "in a trade sense, they've really taken advantage of us and many of those countries are in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and they weren't paying their bills". "Big mistake made all over Europe in allowing millions of people in who have so strongly and violently changed their culture!" "Whoever says we are foes is spreading fake news", Mr Tusk said on Twitter.

This comment comes on the heels of Trump's advising British Prime Minister Theresa May to sue the EU to resolve tense negotiations over the United Kingdom's looming exit from the political and economic union that now includes 28 member states.

"America and the European Union are best friends", Tusk wrote.

Trump is slated to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday.

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