Democratic leaders attacked President Donald Trump as signifying he is “more loyal” to Russian President Vladimir Putin than he is to the United States’ NATO allies after Trump launched his latest attacks on U.S. partners.
At a breakfast meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday, Trump claimed Germany was “totally controlled by Russia,” because of its level of energy dependence on the country.
“President Trump’s brazen insults and denigration of one of America’s most steadfast allies, Germany, is an embarrassment,” read a statement from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
Ahead of his trip to Europe, where he will attend NATO’s annual summit before heading to the United Kingdom and then flying to Helsinki for a sit-down with Putin, Trump said the meeting with Putin “may be the easiest” on his trip.
“If the President leaves the meeting without ironclad assurances and concrete steps toward a full cessation of Russian attacks on our democracy, this meeting will not only be a failure—it will be a grave step backward for the future of the international order and global security,” Schumer and Pelosi said.