Tusk on Trump

The New Zealand Herald - - World -

A top Euro­pean Union of­fi­cial has branded US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump self­ish and capri­cious as Euro­pean Union lead­ers met to count the likely eco­nomic dam­age US poli­cies might in­flict on the bloc and to try to res­cue the Iran nu­clear deal. In a strik­ing rhetor­i­cal as­sault on the leader of Europe’s big­gest ally, EU Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Don­ald Tusk said, given Trump’s re­cent de­ci­sions, “some­one could even think with friends like that, who needs en­e­mies?” Trump has be­wil­dered the Eu­ro­peans by threat­en­ing to slap tar­iffs on EU steel and alu­minum ex­ports and reneg­ing on an agree­ment to stop Iran from de­vel­op­ing nu­clear weapons, which the EU be­lieves is vi­tal to world se­cu­rity. Trump has also bro­ken with a key in­ter­na­tional prin­ci­ple of Mid­dle East peace ef­forts by mov­ing the US em­bassy in Is­rael to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. Tusk’s re­marks, made be­fore he chaired a meet­ing in Bul­garia of the 28 lead­ers whose coun­tries make up the world’s big­gest trad­ing bloc, un­der­scored the widen­ing gulf in EU-US re­la­tions.

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