Schumer Unhinged: ‘Trump Behavior at Summit Disturbing, Embarrassing’, More Loyal to Russia Than NATO’

Schumer Unhinged: ‘Trump Behavior at Summit Disturbing, Embarrassing’, More Loyal to Russia Than NATO’

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer went on a Twitter tirade Wednesday warning that President Donald Trump should not meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin one-on-one.

What set Schumer off was President Trump not holding back in Brussels at the NATO summit Wednesday morning, taking Germany to task for coming to the United States for defense, while simultaneously paying billions of dollars to the Russian Federation for energy.

President Trump was blunt when speaking at a bilateral breakfast meeting with the Secretary-General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Jens Stoltenberg, calling out Germany for taking from NATO with one hand while giving to Russia with the other, and making it clear that what Germany did was inappropriate.

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Bringing up the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Europe and how dependent it will make Germany and other European nations on imported Russian gas — which in a crisis could easily be turned off at source by the Russian government as happened with Crimea — the President said Germany was becoming “captive to Russia”

Talking to Stoltenberg over the breakfast table, the President said: “…it is very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russia, where we’re supposed to be guarding against Russia, and Germany goes and pays out billions and billions of dollars a year to Russia. We’re protecting Germany, we’re protecting France, we’re protecting all of these countries.” Breitbart reported.

“President Trump should not meet with President Putin alone,” Schumer ominously tweeted.

Schumer’s warning comes a day after Trump said his easiest meeting on his foreign trip to Europe over the next week could be his sit-down with Putin, Fox News reports.

“I have NATO. I have the U.K., which is in somewhat turmoil. And I have Putin. Frankly, Putin may be the easiest of them all,” Trump said Tuesday before departing for Brussels. “Who would think?”

Schumer later tweeted that Trump’s criticism of Germany before a NATO summit on Wednesday was an “embarrassment” and a signal that he is more loyal to Putin than our NATO allies.

As for the meeting with Putin, this is another historic moment for President Trump who has said many times that his goal is world peace, and to do that he needs to meet with Putin.

On “America’s Newsroom,” former U.S. ambassador to the UN and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) said meeting with Putin is the right move for Trump.

“I think we meet with our adversaries. I just don’t want us to be too friendly with them like he was with Kim Jong Un, although I supported that summit,” Richardson said.

He said Trump must make it clear to Putin that Russia must cease meddling in U.S. and European elections, do something about the annexation of Crimea, work with the U.S. to remove Syrian dictator Bashar Assad from power and put the squeeze on Iran.

“I don’t want the president to have a love fest with Putin. I want him to get something done to protect America’s interests. That’s all I want,” Richardson said.

Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Trump predicted his meetings with NATO members might be more contentious than his Helsinki summit with Putin on Monday.


 

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