Richard Grenell, former Acting Director for National Intelligence under the Trump Administration, shared “a must watch” video clip on Thursday — from 2018– showing when 45th President Donald Trump criticized Germany for supporting a Baltic Sea gas pipeline deal with Russia.
Trump, before a NATO summit in Brussels, had said it was “very inappropriate” that the United States was paying for European defense against Russia while Germany, the biggest European economy, was supporting gas deals with Moscow.
“I think it’s very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russia, where you’re supposed to be guarding against Russia, and Germany goes out and pays billions and billions a year to Russia,” Trump told NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.
“So we’re protecting Germany, we’re protecting France, we’re protecting all of these countries and then, numerous of the countries go out and make a pipeline deal with Russia, where they’re paying billions of dollars into the coffers of Russia. So we’re supposed to protect you against Russia, but they’re paying billions of dollars to Russia,” he explained.
“So we’re supposed to protect you against Russia and you pay billions of dollars to Russia and I think that’s very inappropriate,” Trump expressed at the residence of the U.S. ambassador in Brussels. “And the former chancellor of Germany is the head of the pipeline company that’s supplying the gas. Ultimately, Germany will have almost 70 percent of their country controlled by Russia with natural gas.”
“So, you tell me, is that appropriate?” he asked, while Stoltenberg listened. “… It should have never been allowed to have happened. But Germany is totally controlled by Russia. You tell me if that’s appropriate, because I think it’s not, and I think it’s 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.” Continued Below
“On top of that, Germany is paying just over 1%, whereas the United States, in actual numbers, is paying 4.2% of a much larger GDP. So, I think that’s inappropriate also. You know, we’re protecting Germany, we’re protecting France, we’re protecting everybody and yet, we’re paying a lot of money to protect them. This has been going on for decades,” Trump detailed.
“… But I have to bring it up, because I think it is very unfair to our country, it’s very unfair to our taxpayer. And I think these countries have to step it up … immediately. … I don’t think it’s fair to the United States so we’re going to have to do something, because we’re not gonna put up with it. We can’t put up with it,” he said firmly.
The 45th President ultimately got European countries starting to pay their fair share for NATO. Video Below
The video shared by Ric Grenell comes after Russia launched an attack on Ukraine Wednesday night, including Kyiv, that Russia called a “special military operation”. Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened “consequences you have never seen” to any country that interferes in Ukraine.
I know CNN & MSNBC never aired this, so I figured I would. Spot on, don't you think? pic.twitter.com/6V1vRKxP8p
— Justin Pulitzer Trades 🍊 (@JustinPulitzer) February 24, 2022
A must watch https://t.co/5jdmmn86DX
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) February 24, 2022