* The controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline would increase flows of Russian natural gas to Germany.
* The U.S. and many European nations fear the pipeline would help Russia bypass infrastructure in Ukraine, allowing Moscow to use energy supplies as a weapon.
* Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., last month filed a bill that would impose sanctions on vessels used to build Nord Stream 2.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he is still considering using sanctions to block a controversial pipeline that would increase natural gas flows from Russia to Germany.
“Well, we’re looking at it. People have a right to do what they want to do. I think it’s something that I’ve been looking at and I’ve been thinking about and I’m the one that brought up the pipeline problem,” Trump told reporters during an appearance with Polish President Andrzej Duda.
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WNU Editor: The German foreign minister goes to Iran on the weekend and tells the Iranians that Germany will help them circumvent U.S. sanctions. President Trump fires back …. threatening sanctions on German firms. My prediction …. Germany will respond by crying and labelling this threat as unjustified.