Trump: European Union Is A ‘Foe’ & My Dad Was Born In Germany (He Wasn’t)

HELSINKI, FINLAND - JULY 15:  U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady, Melania Trump arrive aboard Air Force One at Helsinki International Airport  on July 15, 2018 in Helsinki, Finland.The President of the United States arrived in Helsinki, for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. President Trump said in a recent statement that he has " low expectations" for the meeting, however he is under increasing pressure to confront the Russian President directly about special counsel Robert Mueller's indictment of twelve russian's said to have conspired to sway the decision of the 2016 US election.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Donald Trump; Melania Trump
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President Donald Trump on Saturday called the European Union a “foe” of the United States.

In the interview with Trump, parts of which were aired on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday morning, CBS’ Jeff Glor asked, “Who’s your biggest competitor? Your biggest foe, globally, right now?”

“Well, I think we have a lot of foes,” Trump said. “I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade. Now, you wouldn’t think of the European Union, but they’re a foe.”

He continued: “Russia is a foe in certain respects. China is a foe, economically certainly they’re a foe. But that doesn’t mean they’re bad. It doesn’t mean anything. It means that they’re competitors. They want to do well, and we want to do well.”

Asked about people “surprised” to hear the EU come before Russia and China, Trump responded that “the EU is very difficult.”

The President also lied about his parents, saying that both “were born in EU sectors.” His mother was born in Scotland, he said accurately, and “my father was Germany.”

In fact, Trump’s father was born in New York City. His father’s parents were both born in Bavaria.

Trump also repeated his attack, premiered at the recent NATO summit, against the planned gas pipeline between Germany and Russia.

“What are they, waving a white flag?” he said of Germany.

Elsewhere in the interview, Trump said he had low expectations of his upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and that he “hadn’t thought” to ask Putin to extradite the 12 Russians indicted Friday on charges related to the campaign-era hacking and theft of Democratic emails.

The President on Sunday also repeated his attack that journalists are the “enemy of the people.”

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