A top European lawmaker warned Tuesday that a “ring of autocrats” was trying to wreck the EU, citing the presidents of Russia and Turkey and their future counterpart Donald Trump.
“It seems to me more and more we are surrounded by autocrats. Putin, Erdogan and then, the first appointments of Mr Trump, worries me also a lot,” said Guy Verhofstadt, who is the European Parliament’s chief Brexit negotiator.
The former Belgian premier added: “What I see today is now Russians and Americans and Turks… working together more and less on European soil to destroy the European model.”
Verhofstadt accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of “openly financing” populist and eurosceptic parties and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of targeting Turkish opposition members in Europe.
He went on to compare them to the US president-elect, singling out plans by Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon to open new bureaus of his rightwing Breitbart News website in France and Germany “to influence elections”.
Verhofstadt, who leads the Liberal group in the European Parliament, said the three leaders had a “common point of view that they want to bash and … even destroy our way of thinking, our values.”
“We have to fight back, this is a crucial moment in the history of the EU,” said Verhofstadt.
“We have the Brexit negotiation, we have this ring of autocrats around the EU instead of the ring of friends. It is the moment to build a real political Union, a strong one, an effective one.”
Internet pummels Trump for frantic demand to investigate Obama instead: ‘This is not the tweet of an innocent man’
President Donald Trump jealously raged against Barack Obama's post-presidency business deals, which includes a production agreement with Netflix -- and other social media users ridiculed his apparent envy.
Trump questioned that deal and others in a pair of tweets complaining about an impeachment inquiry launched against him last week by the House Judiciary Committee, and he suggested Congress look at Obama's business since he left the White House.
....work that way. I have a better idea. Look at the Obama Book Deal, or the ridiculous Netflix deal. Then look at all the deals made by the Dems in Congress, the “Congressional Slush Fund,” and lastly the IG Reports. Take a look at them. Those investigations would be over FAST!
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Jealous Trump rages against Obama’s Netflix deal in early morning Twitter rant
President Donald Trump betrayed his apparent jealously over Barack Obama's production deal with Netflix in a new Twitter rant.
The former president and first lady Michele Obama made their Hollywood debut last month with the documentary "American Factory" released through joint venture with Netflix and their production company, Higher Ground.
Trump questioned that deal in a pair of tweets complaining about an impeachment inquiry launched against him last week by the House Judiciary Committee.
"House Judiciary has given up on the Mueller Report, sadly for them after two years and $40,000,000 spent - ZERO COLLUSION, ZERO OBSTRUCTION," Trump tweeted. "So they say, OK, lets look at everything else, and all of the deals that “Trump” has done over his lifetime. But it doesn’t work that way."