- Donald Trump Claims US Has No Ally ‘Worse Than the EU’ in Candid Interview
In a “60 Minutes” interview with CBS’s Lesley Stahl that aired on Sunday night, US President Donald Trump was pushed on far-ranging topics, including China, Saudi Arabia, Vladimir Putin, climate change, and his own administration. Sputnik takes a look at the most flamboyant statements and the POTUS’s fierce rhetoric.
The ‘Worst’ European Partners
Donald Trump has once again lashed out at his trans-Atlantic partners as Washington and Brussels have been drifting apart on trade over his protectionist import tariffs.
“I mean, what’s an ally? We have wonderful relationships with a lot of people. But nobody treats us much worse than the European Union. The European Union was formed in order to take advantage of us on trade, and that’s what they’ve done,” he said. “It sounds hostile,” the interviewer replied.
“It’s not hostile. You know what’s hostile? The way they treat us. We’re not hostile,” he shot back. “We’ve been the stupid country for so many years.”
The ‘Vicious’ White House
Trump indicated that there were “some people that [he’s] not happy with” without naming them, but indicated that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis might be “a sort of a Democrat” and “could be” going to leave his post. This echoed recent reports in American media that their relations have become strained behind close doors.
Trump also confessed that not everyone in Washington is trustworthy. “I’m not saying I trust everybody in the White House. I’m not a baby. It’s a tough business. This is a vicious place. Washington, DC, is a vicious, vicious place. The attacks… the bad-mouthing, the speaking behind your back. But, you know, and in my way, I feel very comfortable here.”