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What really strikes me about this clip is the weakness of the response. You can quibble if you want about the substance of Trump’s complaint or whether it was the right forum for bringing it up, but he goes off in exhaustive detail about it and his counterpart offers nothing more than mealy-mouthed platitudes about how “we’re stronger together” or some such thing.
It sounds like a Hillary campaign slogan, because it was, and it’s about as substantive too.
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To break down Trump’s point here: If Germany expects NATO to protect it from threats from Russia, then Germany is acting at cross-purposes with itself and with NATO by giving Russia so much control over its ability to acquire natural gas. It’s certainly not new that nations trade with their geopolitical rivals. We trade with Russia too. But Vladimir Putin is trying to establish Russia as the dominant player in energy markets – particularly natural gas – in order to give Russia strategic advantages that he can use for geopolitical purposes.
All you have to do is look at NATO’s reluctance to stand up to Putin in Crimea and recognize that many NATO nations are worried about pissing Putin off and having to find themselves with new energy sources. Germany is one...
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