Liberal heads explode as the President points out that the European Union is a competitor.
Donald Trump was asked a question about who was our biggest competitor, and then the interviewer defined that competitor as our “biggest foe.” So the President listed the European Union as a “foe” along with Russia and China. He reiterated that by “foe” he meant competitor.
There is absolutely no reason to believe that Trump was listing these foreign powers in some sort of order of magnitude. Nevertheless, liberal heads are exploding.
CBS News reports, “‘I think the European Union is a foe,’ Trump says ahead of Putin meeting in Helsinki.” They posted some of the transcript:
JEFF GLOR: Who is your biggest competitor? Your biggest foe globally right now?
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well I think we have a lot of foes. I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade. Now you wouldn’t think of the European Union but they’re a foe. Russia is foe in certain respects. China is a foe economically, certainly they are a foe. But that doesn’t mean they are bad. It doesn’t mean anything. It means that they are competitive. They want to do well and we want to do well. […].
JEFF GLOR: A lot of people might be surprised to hear you list the EU as a foe before China and Russia?
PRESIDENT TRUMP: No I look at them all look, EU is very difficult. I-I want to tell you. Maybe the thing that is most difficult — don’t forget both my parents were born in EU sectors okay? I mean my mother was Scotland, my father was Germany. And — you know I love those countries. I respect the leaders of those countries. But — in a trade sense, they’ve really taken advantage of us and many of those countries are in NATO and they weren’t paying their bills and, you know, as an example a big problem with Germany. Because Germany made a pipeline deal with Russia. Where they’re going to be paying Russia billions and billions of dollars a year for energy and I say that’s not good, that’s not fair. You’re supposed to be fighting for someone and then that someone gives billions of dollars to the one you’re, you know, guarding against, I think it’s ridiculous so I let that be known also this time. I’ll tell you what, there’s a lot of anger at the fact that Germany is paying Russia billions of dollars. There’s a lot of anger. I also think it’s a very bad thing for Germany. Because it’s like — what are they waving a white flag?
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