Trump Calls Out The EU As A Foe in CBS Interview

| JUL 15, 2018 | 8:23 PM

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President Donald Trump listed the European Union along with China and Russia as America's greatest foes.

In the CBS interview, host Jeff Glor pushed the president, saying, “a lot of people might be surprised to hear you list the EU before China and Russia.”

“The EU is very difficult,” Trump responded. “In a trade sense, they've really taken advantage of us. Many of those countries are in NATO and they weren't paying their bills.”

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This interview comes on the heels of Trump's NATO meetings where he asked for members to double their defense spending. President Trump also expressed concern with Germany's recent pipeline with Russia, calling them “captives.”  

Trump elaborated on his concerns with Germany's new pipeline, telling Glor, “[The United States] is supposed to be fighting for someone, and then that someone gives billions of dollars to the one that you are guarding against. I think it's ridiculous.”

The EU Co-President Donald Tusk seemed to disagree with Trump, calling his statement “fake news.”

Many on Twitter joined Tusk in expressing concern that Trump included the EU with China and Russia as foes.

President Trump to Meet With Putin Monday

Although Trump told Glor he does not have any expectations for his upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, he did say, “I think we're greatly hampered by this whole witch hunt that's going on in the United States.”

President Trump called the testimony of former FBI agent Peter Strzok a “disgrace,” adding, “I think it hurts our relationship with Russia. I actually think it hurts our relationship with a lot of countries.”

Trump also announced that he has not thought about asking Putin to turn over the 12 indicted Russians from the Mueller probe, saying “this was during the Obama Administration.”

“I think the DNC should be ashamed of themselves for allowing themselves to be hacked,” added Trump. He also noted that attempts were made to hack the Republican National Committee, but pointed to better cyber defenses in the RNC. 

Taking to Twitter, President Trump blasted critics saying "all the [Democrats] know how to do is obstruct.

President Trump will join President Putin on July 16 in Helsinki.