During a breakfast with NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg, President Trump Wednesday kicked off the NATO Summit by wondering why Germany is getting so much of its gas from Russia and is building yet another pipeline to get yet more.
From Trump’s remarks, which I’ve stitched together:
Germany is totally controlled by Russia. You tell me if that’s appropriate because I think it’s not. The former chancellor of Germany is head of the pipeline company that’s supplying the gas … You tell me, is that appropriate?
Trump is referring to former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, who is a top executive at the Russian-controlled company that runs the new pipeline project.
Stoltenberg responded like Europeans do, with generalizations and platitudes, saying that “there are sometimes differences and different views” and remarking that this is “one issue where allies disagree.” But “despite differences,” Stoltenberg said NATO is about uniting around “to protect and defend each other.”
Yeah, blah blah blah blah blah.
How can you be together when a country is getting its energy from the country you want protection against? They’re just making Russia richer. Germany as far I’m concerned is captive to Russia because it’s getting so much of its energy from Russia. Explain that. I think it’s very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russia. We’re supposed to be guarding against Russia and Germany goes out and pays billions and billions of dollars a year to Russia.
The president then moved on to Germany’s failure to pay for its defense.
Germany is just paying a little over 1 percent. This has been going on for decades, this has been brought up by other presidents, but other presidents never did anything about it because I don’t think they understood or they just didn’t want to get involved. But I have to bring it up because I think it’s very unfair to our country, it’s very unfair to our taxpayer. Germany is a rich country. Well they could increase it immediately, tomorrow, and have no problem.
That’s, of course, what the MSM is saying about Trump, not the notion that Germany fails to pay for its defense and goes out an makes deals with the enemy. “Trump starts visit by insulting allies,” reads the headline at CNN.
If Trump was striking pipeline deals with Russia, the MSM would be calling for his impeachment.
How nice to see a president who doesn’t go to Europe and pretend everything is just fine and defer to the European leaders’ self-righteousness and self-regard.
Here are a couple of videos of the exchange.
Looks like the president was the only one to pass on the OJ.