On the eve of his critical meeting with Vladimir Putin, President Trump denounced the European Union as a foe, picking the bloc out of a global line-up ahead of Russian Federation and China in a further sign of his unease with traditional allies. "The rigged situation", said Mr. Trump in an interview with "CBS Evening News" anchor Jeff Glor at his golf course in Turnberry, Scotland on Saturday. "And you know, talking about shutting it down and "we, we.' And he says, 'Oh, I meant the American people" all of a sudden, you know, he came up with excuses, I guess, given to a lawyer, but everybody laughed at it". The President said Strzok, who had sent texts critical of Trump, was "a disgrace to our country" and "a disgrace to the Federal Bureau of Investigation".
"Russia is a foe in certain respects", he said.
"It doesn't mean anything", he continued. It means that they're competitors. "They want to do well and we want to do well".
Trump added others to his list, but in milder terms.
Speaking on the BBC, she said: "He told me I should sue the European Union - not go into negotiations".
Asked about people "surprised" to hear the European Union come before Russian Federation and China, Trump responded that "the European Union is very hard". "But, in a trade sense, they've really taken advantage of us and many of those countries are in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and they weren't paying their bills", he said.
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Trump's remarks follow an escalating pattern of often haphazard attacks on America's European allies, especially in recent months as Trump's attempts to start a global trade war have intensified. His mother was born in Scotland, he said accurately, and "my father was Germany".
Trump, in Orwellian spin, brands European Union a foe.
"You know I love those countries". "Germany is totally controlled by Russia", Trump said, adding that it's "very inappropriate" that the U.S.is allegedly also "protecting" Germany from Russia.
Trump's statement follows a combative North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit and ongoing tensions with foreign nations over trade.
Trump is due to meet with Putin in Helsinki for a summit on Monday. Another frame for Trump's criticism of Europe was white nationalism, as he also said last week that it was a shame that European countries were allowing their cultures to be erased by allowing in immigrants. "I think it's ridiculous, so I let that be known also this time".