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EU chief Tusk chides Trump for ‘capricious’ insurance policies

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) – European Union Council President Donald Tusk on Wednesday derided the actions of america below President Donald Trump as “capricious,” noting: “Someone could even think ‘with friends like that, who needs enemies?’”

As trans-Atlantic issues mount, Tusk is main an EU summit to deal with the excellent points with the Trump administration, which heart on the U.S. withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal and the menace to impose punitive commerce sanctions on the 28-nation EU.

Itemizing the standard issues dealing with Europe, starting from the increasing energy of China to the belligerence of Russia, Tusk stated: “We are witnessing today a new phenomenon, the capricious assertiveness of the American administration.”

In unusually harsh phrases, Tusk stated Europe might not depend on automated assist from Washington as Western allies in an more and more troubled world.

“Frankly speaking, Europe should be grateful to President Trump because thanks to him we have got rid of all illusions. He has made us realize that if you need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of your arm,” Tusk stated, hours earlier than the 28 leaders have been to sit down down for his or her summit dinner in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Tusk has lengthy been vital of Trump, even famously saying earlier than his election as U.S. president that one Donald in worldwide politics was sufficient.

Europe exemplifies the usage of multilateral worldwide negotiations, to settle all the pieces from international commerce guidelines to the specter of Iran growing nuclear weapons. Trump’s actions to upset decades-old diplomatic conventions with fully-capitalized tweets have more and more surprised the EU.

Underneath Trump, the U.S. has walked out of the worldwide Paris local weather deal, is threatening to impose punitive tariffs based mostly on nationwide safety on an ally just like the EU, and has stirred Center East politics by pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal and shifting the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

“We need a united European front,” Tusk instructed reporters about efforts to salvage the Iran deal. “I want leaders to reconfirm that the EU sticks to the deal as long as Iran does. The deal is good for European and global security,” he stated.

He additionally warned that EU nations ought to put together to confront U.S. sanctions that might hit their companies doing enterprise with Iran.

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Casert reported from Brussels.

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