When asked by CBS if he would ask Putin to extradite the Russians to the US, Trump said he had not thought of that idea but that he might. "Now you wouldn't think of the European Union, but they're a foe".
"I think we have a lot of foes", Trump responded.
"Russia is a foe in certain respects", he said. China's a foe economically, certainly they are a foe. "But that doesn't mean they are bad", he continued.
Nicholas Burns, a former former US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, now a Harvard Kennedy School Professor, notes the European Union is America's "largest trade partner, largest investor in our economy, our ally in climate, human rights+protecting democracy".
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"Germany's like sitting back silent, collecting money and making a fortune with probably the greatest leader in the world today, Merkel", Trump said in a 2015 interview with United States news magazine Time. "Terrible. We'll stop that", Trump said during a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders summit, according to German news magazine Der Spiegel, which cited sources at the alliance's meeting.
This comment comes on the heels of Trump's advising British Prime Minister Theresa May to sue the EU to resolve tense negotiations over the United Kingdom's looming exit from the political and economic union that now includes 28 member states. His grandfather Frederick Trump was born in Germany.
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She pointed out there are many issues that legislators have urged her to raise with her American counterpart. The proposal was debated in Parliament , where Trump was heavily criticized.
"Despite what you have heard from the fake news, I had a great meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. But in a trade sense, they've really taken advantage of us".
President Trump in Turnberry, Scotland, on July 15. "I respect the leaders of those countries", Trump said.
"I tell you what, there's a lot of anger at the fact that Germany is paying Russian Federation billions of dollars". "You're supposed to be fighting for someone and then that someone gives billions of dollars to the one that you're, you know, guarding against".
EU President Donald Tusk tweeted in response, "America and the EU are best friends".
"I think we have a lot of foes".
"Are they waving a white flag?" he asked.
In the same Face the Nation interview, Trump claimed that he had "low expectations" for his Monday meeting with once such leader, Vladimir Putin.