“Trying on the newest choices of President Trump, some might even suppose: ‘With mates like that, who wants enemies?”’ Tusk instructed reporters on Wednesday earlier than a summit of EU leaders within the Bulgarian capital, Sofia.
The EU’s 28 leaders are as a consequence of talk about two challenges that Trump has confronted them with: his determination to tug out of the Iran nuclear deal, and the U.S. risk to impose tariffs on metallic imports. Whereas the EU says these are two distinct points, leaders are more likely to lump each collectively in a wide-ranging dialogue over dinner on how to answer Trump’s provocations.
Tusk’s feedback underscore the rift between the trans-Atlantic allies since Trump got here to energy on a platform of “America First.” Tensions got here to a head with the U.S. president’s determination introduced final week to tug out of the landmark Iran nuclear accord which the remaining signatories — Russia, China, France, Germany and the U.Okay., together with the EU — say is working and they’ll try to maintain in place.
On commerce, Tusk stated the U.S. transfer to impose commerce penalties on national-security grounds was “absurd,” for the reason that EU is a core American ally and doesn’t characterize a risk. “We have to convey actuality again into this dialogue,” he stated.
All the identical, the frequent challenges posed to EU nations by the Trump administration is forcing the bloc nearer collectively, Tusk stated.
“Europe ought to be glad about President Trump as a result of due to him now we have removed all illusions” that the EU can depend on others for assist, Tusk added. “Europe should do every little thing in its energy to guard, despite immediately’s temper, the transatlantic bond. However on the similar time we should be ready for situations the place we’ll need to act on our personal.”
— With help by Slav Okov, Jonathan Stearns, Elizabeth Konstantinova, Gregory Viscusi, Arne Delfs, and Gordana Filipovic