President-elect Donald Trump has said that NATO was obsolete and that other European Union member states would copy Britain and leave.

Donald Trump was talking to the German Newspaper Bild.

In the interview he described the EU as an instrument of German dominance designed to compete with America on trade.  He described Angela Merkel as the most important nation state leader in the EU.

He said, “(Merkel) by far the most important European leader.  If you look at the European Union, it’s Germany – it’s basically a vehicle for Germany.

“I think she made one very catastrophic mistake and that was taking all of these illegals, you know, taking all of the people from wherever they come from. And nobody even knows where they come from.”

NATO can’t deal with Terrorism

Speaking on NATO, Trump said it had its problems saying, “It’s obsolete, first because it was designed many, many years ago. Secondly, countries aren’t paying what they should” and NATO “didn’t deal with terrorism.”

Outgoing CIA chief John Brennan believes that Trump fails to understand the threat posed by Russia and that the president-elect was at odds with his intelligence agencies.  Being exceptionally frank, Brennan said that his undisciplined style poses a threat to national security.

Trump Underestimates Russia

He said, “I don’t think he has a full appreciation of Russian capabilities, Russia’s intentions, and actions that they are undertaking in many parts of the world.

“I think Mr. Trump has to understand that absolving Russia of the various actions that it’s taken in the past number of years is a road that he, I think, needs to be very, very careful about moving down.”

He continued, “I think Mr. Trump has to understand that this is more than being about him. Now that he’s in a position to actually do something about our national security as opposed to talking and tweeting, he is going to have tremendous responsibility to make sure that U.S. national security interests are protected and advanced.”

Donald Trump has said that he wants better relations with Russia, indicating that he wants to use sanctions as leverage to negotiate reducing the number of nuclear weapons Russia has.