President Donald Trump launched a scathing attack on German support for one of Europe’s most contentious energy developments Wednesday, saying Germany can be “totally controlled” by Russia.
Speaking in Brussels, Belgium on the first leg of his European trip, the U.S. president said a flurry of oil along with gas deals had given Moscow far too much influence over the continent’s largest economy. In particular, he singled out the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project as being especially “inappropriate.”
“Germany can be totally controlled by Russia … They will be getting between 60 along with 70 percent of their energy coming from Russia along having a completely new pipeline, along with you tell me if in which can be appropriate because I think This kind of’s not,” Trump said, before criticizing Berlin’s failure to significantly increase defense spending.
Trump was speaking at a press conference Wednesday morning in front of NATO representatives ahead of a two-day summit.
“I think This kind of can be a very bad thing for NATO along with I don’t think This kind of should have happened along with I think we have to talk to Germany about This kind of. On top of in which, Germany can be just paying a little bit over 1 percent (on defense) … along with I think in which can be inappropriate also,” he added.