Back in 2018 in remarks made to the UN General Assembly, Trump warned that German that they’ve “become totally dependent on Russian energy” and that “reliance on a single foreign supplier can leave a nation vulnerable to extortion and intimidation.”
Video of the speech, shows German diplomats laughing at Trump’s warning.
Now, four years later, the clip has resurfaced on social media as sanction on Russia have led to massive spikes in energy prices in Germany.
One of the members of the delegation seen laugh at Trump and shaking his head was Heiko Maas, a member of the left-wing Social Democratic Party of Germany.
At the time, Maas was serving as the country’s foreign minister under then-prime minister Angela Merkel.
At the time, he told reporters “that Trump’s claim regarding the pipeline “does not correspond to reality,” saying that “Germany is not dependent on Russia, especially not on energy issues.”
The Epoch Times reached out to his office for comment. He refused comment.