FLASHBACK: Trump warned Germany that reliance on Russian energy could lead to 'extortion'

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In 2018, President Donald Trump said, “Germany will become totally dependent on Russian energy if it does not immediately change course” at the United Nations General Assembly. He was then met with condescending laughter from the German delegation.

Only four years later, Germany is facing an energy crisis after having grown  almost totally dependent on Russian energy through its connective Nord Stream 1 natural gas pipeline, which Russian President Vladimir Putin almost entirely shut down last week according to CNN. The pipeline, which provides natural gas not only to Germany but many European nations, is now operating at 20 percent capacity for the whole continent.

In 2018, Trump also said, “Reliance on a single foreign supplier can leave a nation vulnerable to extortion and intimidation,” warning of Germany’s intent to build another pipeline to Russia, Nord Stream 2. The newer Nord Stream’s completion has been halted amidst the continuing war in Ukraine.

Russia has leaned in to manipulating its supply of energy to Europe as it continues its invasion of Ukraine into the fall.

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