Published: Sun, July 15, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

European Union is foe, but China and Russian Federation as well


"Germany's like sitting back silent, collecting money and making a fortune with probably the greatest leader in the world today, Merkel", Trump said in a 2015 interview with U.S. news magazine Time.

US President Donald Trump named Russian Federation, the European Union and China as "foes", in an interview aired Sunday on the eve of his summit with Vladimir Putin.

"Tell us where you're going to extradite those folks", said Representative Trey Gowdy, who chaired a raucous House investigative hearing on Thursday that highlighted bitter, partisan divisions within the U.S. Congress over a probe of Russian election meddling that has clouded Trump's presidency.

President Trump had told CBS News, "I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade".

"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". "China is a foe economically, certainly they are a foe", he continued. "But that doesn't mean they are bad", he said. It doesn't mean anything. It means that they are competitive. "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".

President Trump playing golf at his Turnberry, Scotland, resort during the his first official visit to the United Kingdom on July 15.

As for the EU, Trump doubled down on his calls for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members to contribute more money.

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"A lot of people might be surprised to hear you list the E.U.as a foe before China and Russia", Glor responded.

Trump then said that he could not take a fully combative stance to the European Union because "both" of his parents were born there. "I respect the leaders of those countries", Trump said of the European nations, pointing out how his mother was from Scotland and his dad was from Germany.

Trump's mother was an immigrant from Scotland; his father was born in NY to German immigrants. His grandfather Frederick Trump was born in Germany. And, you know, 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", Trump said.

British Prime Minister Theresa May revealed Sunday that President Trump advised her to sue the EU. During his trip, Trump made several disparaging comments about North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies like Germany and the UK.

"I hadn't thought of that", Trump said.

According to Trump, this 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. "Because it's like, what, are they waving a white flag?"

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