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1. Donald Trump is being taken out of context with 'Germany is totally controlled by Russia', 2. This Daily Beast fact check is wrong

At a breakfast this morning with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg in Brussels, Donald Trump said that “Germany is totally controlled by Russia,” which makes for some great viral tweets.


CNN’s Kaitlan Collins, for example:

And MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell:

But, surprise! That’s not entirely what he said. Here’s the entire exchange (also note that John Kelly doesn’t take a “long drink of water”) where Trump says, “Germany is totally controlled by Russia because they are getting 60 to 70 percent of their energy from Russia and a new pipeline”:

To make matters worse, The Daily Beast has a fact check up that says Trump used the wrong statistics, but they’re wrong:


Screenshot from the article where The Daily Beast, quoting the BBC, says “the latest official figure was actually 50.75%:

And now via the BBC, which The Daily Beast doesn’t link to so we had to search for it. The official estimate of Russian gas imports is 50% to 75% and it looks like The Daily Beast quoted the earlier version with a typo:

Man, it’s going to be a long day.




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