‘Germany is totally controlled by Russia’
President Donald Trump launched a scathing attack on German support for one of Europe’s most contentious energy developments Wednesday, saying Germany is “totally controlled” by Russia.
Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project as being especially “inappropriate.”
“Germany is totally controlled by Russia … They will be getting between 60 and 70 percent of their energy from Russia and a new pipeline, and you tell me if that is appropriate because I think it’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 it is a very bad thing for NATO and I don’t think it should have happened and I think we have to talk to Germany about it. On top of that, Germany is just paying a little bit over 1 percent (on defense) … And I think that is inappropriate also,” he added.