Donald Trump Says America's 'Biggest Foe' Is the European Union

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Asked to name America's "biggest foe globally right now" during an appearance on CBS's Face the Nation, the first answer that came to Trump's mind was the European Union. "The times in which we can fully count on others are somewhat over, as I have experienced in the past few days", she said in May 2017 after meeting with Trump.

Soini said that both the United States and Russian Federation would like to bring the war in Syria to an end, but the progress may not be made in Helsinki.

Trump was referring to a new natural gas pipeline between Germany, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member, and Russian Federation, the country that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies push back against.

In the CBS News interview, Trump declined to discuss his goals for the summit - "I'll let you know after the meeting", he said - but said he believes such sessions are beneficial.

The comments prompted pushback from Germany on Monday, as Trump was meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin behind closed doors.

It's not clear which came first, President Trump's comment to CBS in an interview this weekend arguing that the European Union is a "foe" of the United States or the statement from Germany's foreign minister expressing concerns about his country's relationship with the United States. "But in a trade sense, they've really taken advantage of us".

"Well I think we have a lot of foes - I think the European Union is a foe - what they do to us in trade", Trump said. "Whoever says we are foes is spreading fake news", Tusk tweeted late Sunday during an EU-China summit in Beijing, without naming Trump directly. "But that doesn't mean they are bad", he said. But that doesn't mean they are bad.

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Trump then repeated his criticism of Germany's Nord Stream 2 pipeline with Russian Federation.

Trump's complaints about European Union members didn't stop there, however, saying "I have a big problem with Germany because Germany made a pipeline deal with Russian Federation".

"They're going to be paying Russian Federation billions and billions of dollars a year for energy, and I say that's not good, that's not fair", Trump told CBS.

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, said he expected a "disastrous approach" from Trump on the topic of election interference, citing Trump's steadfast refusal to condemn Russia's malign activities.

Jon Huntsman, the USA ambassador to Russia, said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that he didn't know if Trump would seek extradition of the Russians accused of violating federal law in the 2016 election.

There will be outrage at home if Trump does not confront Putin over the scandal, but the mercurial United States leader would not say whether he would demand the suspects' extradition.

"America and the European Union are best friends", he tweeted.

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