Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Wednesday that President Donald Trump’s latest attack on one of the U.S.’s closest allies, Germany, furthers their “disturbing” belief that “the President is more loyal to President Putin that to our NATO allies.”
During a breakfast with other NATO leaders on Wednesday morning, Trump blasted Germany for a pipeline project it has formed with Russia, claiming the partnership makes Germany “totally controlled” and “captive to Russia.” He then repeated his tired line that NATO allies should increase their spending on defense, especially if Germany is making deals with Russia.
Read the full statement from Pelosi and Schumer.
“President Trump’s brazen insults and denigration of one of America’s most steadfast allies, Germany, is an embarrassment. His behavior this morning is another profoundly disturbing signal that the president is more loyal to President Putin than to our NATO allies.
“If the president leaves the Putin meeting without ironclad assurances and concrete steps toward a full cessation of Russian attacks on our democracy, this meeting will not only be a failure – it will be a grave step backward for the future of the international order and global security. A successful meeting means real action, now.
“The president needs to remember that, as Commander-in-Chief, his duty is to protect the American people from foreign threats, not to sell out our democracy to Putin.”