At an early breakfast meeting with NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels on July 11, US President Donald J. Trump launched an attack on the German government and its plan to construct the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline from Russia to Germany.

“It’s very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russia,” Trump said, later claiming, falsely, that the NATO military alliance is a tool whereby the United States "protects" Europe from external threats.

“So we protect you against Russi...

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