President Donald Trump told reporters in a late-breaking news conference Thursday that the pipeline from Russia to Germany was discussed “at length” during the NATO conference.
“Nobody brought it up but me and we all are talking about it now,” Trump said of security threats posed with Germany paying Russia for the new gas pipeline and depending on Russia as an energy source.
He not only voiced concern over the payments from Germany to Russia for the pipeline, and the problem of dependence on Russia as an energy source, but the conflict that it presents when the U.S. and other NATO partners spend large amounts to help defend against Russia.
“And Germany’s coming along and we still have to figure out what’s going on with the pipeline because the pipeline is coming in from Russia so we’re going to have to figure that out,” said Trump.
President Trump is scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 16 in Helsinki, Finland.