Grillo lashes out at Obama over recent Rome visit
'He came to sell shale, F-35 fighter jets' says M5S leader28 March, 16:53
Italian spending on the multi-billion-euro F-35 program has been frozen, pending a parliamentary review of military spending. In 2012, Italy announced plans to cut its order with US-based Lockheed Martin to 90 from the 131 jets originally agreed in 2002, saving the country some five billion euros at that time.
The comedian-turned-politician then accused Obama, who was in Rome Thursday after summits in Brussels, of "selling his shale gas that he discovered is a nearly 100-year supply and one of the largest deposits in the world".
Speaking in Brussels Wednesday, Obama announced he had authorized the export of American natural gas to Europe, lessening the continent's dependence on Russian energy. In his blog post, Grillo went on to reiterate his overall discontent with Italian parliament and politicians, and called on supporters to turn out in large numbers during European Parliament elections on May 25, when Euroskeptic parties like his are expected to do well. "Parliament shall promote its lies, along with its newspapers and television channels. Rise up. I want you there," said Grillo.