Donald Trump video where ex-US President predicts German dependency on Russian gas goes viral

In the reemerged footage, the German delegation appear to laugh at Trump's statement

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Former US President Donald Trump has gone viral after the reemergence of 2018 footage where he predicts Germany will become "totally dependent" on Russia's energy.

The German delegation are seen appearing to laugh as they watch Trump make his speech, where he calls on the country to "immediately change course" on energy imports.

In the footage, Trump predicts: "Germany will become totally dependent on Russian energy, if it does not immediately change course.

"Here in the western hemisphere, we are committed to maintaining our independence from the encroachment of expansionist, foreign powers."

Footage from the event appears to capture the German delegation present at the event smirking at the remarks made by the then US President.

The German delegation at the event appear to be laughing at the then-US President at the event.
The German delegation at the event appear to be laughing at the then-US President at the event.

Speaking about the viral tweet, GB News Political Correspondent Tom Harwood: "Trump is obviously a moron on most things but oooof."

Political YouTuber Mahyar Tousi commented on the footage saying: "We must continue to retweet this on a regular basis. The media and statists laughed at us in 2018. But now…"

Economist Andrew Lilico added: "Humiliating for Germans. Humiliating for fact-checkers. Humiliating for everyone who laughed along approvingly at the mockery of Trump here."

European reliance on Russian energy has been drawn into question following Putin's invasion of Ukraine.
European reliance on Russian energy has been drawn into question following Putin's invasion of Ukraine.

The footage emerged again after gloomy predictions by oil and gas analyst at Investec Nathan Piper suggested high prices are set to remain for years to come.

As Europe severs ties with Russia, the UK is going to become increasingly reliant on liquified natural gas (LNG), which is transported around the world on ships, he said.

This is naturally more expensive than gas piped across continents, and will mean prices stay well above the historical average.

In the 10 years before the current gas crisis, prices averaged around 50p per therm, a popular unit of measurement.

Now it stands closer to £6, a 12-fold increase.

“The crazy thing is we are experiencing record UK gas prices at the moment, in the middle of summer, which just doesn’t normally happen,” Mr Piper told the PA news agency.

He said that if you want to buy your gas in advance for 2025 at the moment you are still going to pay several times more than in the past.

Data from the Intercontinental Exchange shows that gas prices for the winter of 2024 and 2025 is trading at nearly 420p.