Europe thanks Trump for showing his true colours so early
President of the European Council (EC), Donald Tusk, thanked Donald Trump for showing his true colours so early in his Presidency.
Tusk, speaking in Sofia on Wednesday, said the European Union was no longer under any illusions about its relationship with the United States. He said the time had come for Europe to go it alone, adding that the continent would be better off pursuing that path.
The EC President was furious, after Trump pulled out of the Iran Nuclear Deal earlier this month, adding that the United States was no longer a friend that could be counted upon.
"Looking at latest decisions of Donald Trump, someone could even think: with friends like that who needs enemies. But frankly, EU should be grateful. Thanks to him we got rid of all illusions. We realise that if you need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of your arm," said Tusk on Wednesday.
Europe has its own problems though, with the United Kingdom leaving and some countries being hesitant about their role in the future of the economic bloc. Tusk has called for much needed unity, now more so than ever.
"Following last week's announcement of the United States withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran, we need a united European front. I want leaders to reconfirm that the EU sticks to the deal as long as Iran does," said Tusk.
"The deal is good for European and global security, which is why we must maintain it. Despite the US hesitation. We will also look at options for the EU to protect European companies from negative consequences of the US decision. And I want the European Commission to be given a green light, so that it is ready to act whenever European interests are affected. We should also seek ways, together with other partners, to address very real concerns over Iran's ballistic missile programme and its regional activities.
"Trade is another topic for discussion. We will decide on the best way forward in EU-US trade relations. Here again, unity is our greatest strength. And my objective is simple: we stick to our guns. This means a permanent exemption from US tariffs on aluminium and steel if we are to discuss possible trade liberalisation with the US. The EU and US are friends and partners, therefore US tariffs cannot be justified on the basis of national security. It is absurd to even think that the EU could be a threat to the US. We need to bring back reality in this discussion, which is not the case today."
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