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 in case you want a serving to hand, you’ll discover one on the finish of your arm”.
Mr Tusk 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.
EU leaders 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 overseas affairs.
The warning comes weeks after the US pulled out of a key deal on Iran’s nuclear programme, unilaterally moved its embassy to Israel 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 “follow our weapons” in opposition to Mr Trump’s new insurance policies, and referred to as per 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 as we speak a brand new phenomenon: the capricious assertiveness of the American administration,” Mr Tusk mentioned initially of the summit.
“Wanting on the newest choices of president Trump, somebody might even suppose: with pals like that, who wants enemies? However frankly talking, Europe ought to be pleased about president Trump as a result of because of him we’ve got removed all illusions. He has made us realise that in case you want a serving to hand, you’ll discover one on the finish of your arm.”
He continued: “Europe should do every part in its energy to guard, despite as we speak’s temper, the transatlantic bond, however on the identical time we have to be ready for these eventualities the place we’ve got to behave on our personal. We’ve sufficient potential to rise to the problem, however what we want is extra political unity and dedication.