Trump Is Seen As A Negative Omen By US Allies After Putin Summit: ‘He Has No Strategy For Dealing With Russia’
Donald Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin last week left a lot of U.S. allies with a bad taste in their mouth. The U.S. president received as much criticism from U.S. lawmakers as he did from other countries’ diplomats.
This week, Germany’s defense minister Ursula von der Leyen condemned Trump in an interview with German magazine, Der Spiegel.
She noted that Trump had “no recognizable” strategy when dealing with Putin.
“There is no recognizable strategy in the president’s approach to Russia,” she said, according to a translation published in The Local, adding that “the problem with Helsinki is that nobody knows what was discussed or even agreed.”
Von der Leyen did express her country’s interest in establishing a closer relationship with Russia but noted that Putin’s government hasn’t proven to be trustworthy.
“We, of course, want better relationships with Moscow, but the ball is in the Kremlin’s court in that regard,” she said.
Trump had also insulted Germany during a NATO summit prior to his meeting with Putin.
“I have to say, I think it’s very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russia, where you’re supposed to be guarding against Russia, and Germany goes out and pays billions and billions of dollars a year to Russia,” Trump said during a meeting with the NATO secretary-general.
“If you look at it, Germany is a captive of Russia because they supply,” he continued. “They got rid of their coal plants. They got rid of their nuclear. They’re getting so much of the oil and gas from Russia. I think it’s something that NATO has to look at. I think it’s very inappropriate.”