He and Obama just didn’t have the courage to push the point to the NATO allies. And it’s an important point to make. And once again Kerry is undercutting US policy as regards international relations.
From Free Beacon:
Former Secretary of State John Kerry and former Vice President Joe Biden both warned about the negatives of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline in 2016, respectively saying it would “have an adverse impact” and was a “fundamentally bad deal for Europe.”
The Nord Stream 2 is a 800-mile pipeline project which would transport natural gas from eastern Russia to northern Germany via the Baltic Sea. It would run parallel to the existing Nord Stream pipeline. Along with Washington, Eastern European countries formerly under the Soviet Union’s shadow oppose it because they say it would increase European reliance on Russia and threaten their national security.
President Donald Trump attacked Germany over the pipeline during remarks at a bilateral NATO breakfast on Wednesday in Belgium, saying the country was “totally controlled” by the Russians because of how much natural gas it purchases from them.
“Germany is totally controlled by Russia, because they were getting from 60 to 70 percent of their energy from Russia and a new pipeline, and you tell me if that’s appropriate, because I think it’s not, and I think it’s a very bad thing for NATO,” Trump said.
Kerry blasted Trump for his remarks about Germany and his rhetoric against NATO countries for not meeting defense spending obligations, tweeting out a statement calling his comments “disgraceful,” “destructive,” and a threat to hard-won alliances.