Donald Trump is insulting our longtime allies, saying that the European Union is America’s “biggest foe globally right now,” while going light on Russia, claiming Vladimir Putin and his regime are only a foe in “some respects.”
“Well, I think we have a lot of foes. I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade. Now, you wouldn’t think of the European Union, but they’re a foe,” the POTUS tells CBS News.
“Russia is a foe in certain respects. China is a foe economically, certainly they are a foe. But that doesn’t mean they are bad. It doesn’t mean anything. It means that they are competitive,” Trump added.
The President continues, “I respect the leaders of those countries. But, 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,”
EU President Donald Tusk clapped back: “America and the EU are best friends. Whoever says we are foes is spreading fake news.”
America and the EU are best friends. Whoever says we are foes is spreading fake news.
— Charles Michel (@eucopresident) July 15, 2018
Trump’s European trip has, by many accounts, been a complete disaster. During the NATO Summit, he accused Germany of being held “captive to Russia” over energy.
He then went to England where he disrespected Queen Elizabeth II by showing up at Windsor Palace about 10 to 12 minutes late for tea before breaking protocol by briefly walking in front of her.
The U.S. President also trashed Prime Minister Theresa May over Brexit. Now he’s trashing our European allies while fawning all over Vladimir Putin, who he praised for putting on the “best ever” World Cup.
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Janet Shan is a freelance journalist, who has covered politics from a center-left leaning starting with Barack Obama's campaign and historic presidency. She continues to focus on exposing the hypocrisy of Donald Trump and the Republicans and help get more Democrats elected from local to national offices. Janet is working on her first novel, a mystery based in the hills of Montego Bay, where she was born. Follow Janet on Twitter at @hinterlandg