Thursday, 21 February, 2019

Donald Trump calls European Union a 'foe'

Melinda Barton | 15 July, 2018, 23:01

President Trump included the European Union when rattling off a list of the "biggest foes" of the United States throughout the world. "Whoever says we are foes is spreading fake news", Mr Tusk wrote on Twitter. "I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade", Trump said on CBS's "Face the Nation".

He added: "You wouldn't think of the European Union, but they're a foe". But that doesn't mean they are bad. It doesn't mean anything.

"They're going to be paying Russian Federation billions and billions of dollars a year for energy and I say that's not good, that's not fair", Trump said. "They want to do well and we want to do well, and we're starting to do well". "Terrible. We'll stop that", Trump said during a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders summit, according to German news magazine Der Spiegel, which cited sources at the alliance's meeting. "I think it's ridiculous".

People attend "Helsinki Calling" protest ahead of meeting between the U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, in front of Cathedral in Helsinki, Finland July 15, 2018.

"You know I love those countries".

He told CBS News that European countries were taking advantage of the U.S. and not paying their North Atlantic Treaty Organisation bills.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel pushed back on his comments after the summit, telling reporters she had "experienced myself how a part of Germany was controlled by the Soviet Union" while growing up in communist East Germany, and said her country made "independent" policies and decisions.

Trump had said at a Friday joint press conference with May that he had provided a suggestion to her about handing Brexit negotiations, and that she had not taken it.

"America and the European Union are best friends", Tusk tweeted.

"I have a big problem with Germany because Germany made a pipeline deal with Russia", Trump told CBS, saying Berlin is going to be paying Russia "billions and billions of dollars a year". "Because it's like, what, are they waving a white flag?"

During last week's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, Trump repeatedly criticized members for failing to spend more on defense and openly questioned the alliance's objective.