The president of the European Council has torn into Donald Trump, warning that that the US president is a nasty pal who acts with “capricious assertiveness”.
Talking on Wednesday Donald Tusk mentioned he was “grateful” for Mr Trump as a result of he had “made us realise that when you want a serving to hand, you’ll find one on the finish of your arm”.
The EU chief informed reporters at a summit within the Bulgarian capital Sofia that Europe needed to be ready to go it alone in some circumstances as a result of the brand new shift in American politics made the US an unreliable ally.
European heads of state and authorities are gathering on the Western Balkans summit to debate the area’s future, however they will even maintain talks about how to answer renewed US aggression on commerce and international affairs.
The warning comes weeks after the US pulled out of a key deal on Iran’s nuclear programme, unilaterally moved its Israel embassy to the disputed metropolis of Jerusalem, and threatened new tariffs in opposition to European metal and aluminium producers.
Mr Tusk mentioned he wished Europe to “persist with our weapons” in opposition to Mr Trump’s new insurance policies, and referred to as for a everlasting exemption from the metals tariffs. He branded a US transfer to make use of nationwide safety grounds to justify the protectionism “absurd” and never based mostly in “actuality”.
“In addition to conventional political challenges, such because the rise of China or the aggressive stance of Russia, we’re witnessing at present a brand new phenomenon: the capricious assertiveness of the American administration,” Mr Tusk mentioned in the beginning of the summit.
“Wanting on the newest choices of president Trump, somebody might even suppose: with mates like that, who wants enemies? However frankly talking, Europe ought to be thankful for president Trump as a result of because of him we’ve removed all illusions. He has made us realise that when you want a serving to hand, you’ll find one on the finish of your arm.”
He continued: “Europe should do all the things in its energy to guard, regardless of at present’s temper, the transatlantic bond, however on the identical time we have to be ready for these eventualities the place we’ve to behave on our personal. We have now sufficient potential to rise to the problem, however what we’d like is extra political unity and willpower.
The EU has taken a tricky rhetorical line in opposition to the US in response to Mr Trump; earlier this yr Jean-Claude Juncker threatened to impose retaliatory tariffs on US items corresponding to Levis denims, Harley Davidson motorbikes, and Bourbon whiskey if Europe was hit by protectionist measures.
The US president has for his half mentioned that commerce wars are “good, and simple to win”, and has characterised EU commerce insurance policies as “very unfair” on the US.