EU's Donald Tusk takes aim at Donald Trump over Iran, steel sanctions

EU's Donald Tusk takes aim at Donald Trump over Iran, steel sanctions

A top European Union official branded President Donald Trump selfish and capricious Wednesday as EU leaders gathered to count the likely economic damage USA policies might inflict on the bloc and to try to rescue the Iran nuclear deal.

Just 16 months ago, such comments would have been unimaginable coming from an European Union leader, whose continent modeled itself on the USA image in the aftermath of World War II.

The 28 leaders will also discuss the deaths of dozens of Palestinians in Gaza after Trump moved the USA embassy to Jerusalem, in another move that the Europeans had strongly opposed. "But frankly speaking, Europe should be grateful to President Trump, because thanks to him we have got rid of all illusions". "The deal is good for European and global security, which is why we must maintain it".

In a letter to European Union leaders ahead of their meeting Wednesday night in Sofia, Donald Tusk said that with friends like Donald Trump, the European Union could ask who needs enemies.

Tusk said that he would ask three leaders who are signatories to the Iran nuclear deal - UK Prime Minister Theresa May, German Chancellor Angela Merkelt and French President Emanuel Macron - to present their assessment of the situation following the United States withdrawal.

"The extra-territorial dimension of United States sanctions is unacceptable".

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Hagee fired back that people were "grossly misrepresenting" his words. When Trump announced his decision to move the U.S.

Tusk pled Trump not to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement and "change the (political) climate for the worse".

Trade tensions have been growing since March 23, when Donald Trump ordered to introduce a 25% tariff on steel imports and 10% tax on aluminum, claiming to protect the U.S. producers from unfair competition and boost national security.

The European Commission is refusing to open talks on wider trade terms with the United States, including import tariffs on cars - a bugbear of the USA president - until it receives a permanent exemption from punitive taxes on European steel and aluminium.

He added, "The EU and USA are friends and partners". The contrast has stirred up even more European anger toward Trump's foreign policy, and the Gaza violence is another mark on the agenda for European leaders to discuss during their day and a half of meetings that starts Wednesday.

"The broader US-EU security relationship is at risk", a former US envoy to the EU, Anthony Gardner, told the European Parliament on Wednesday.

The European Union must cope with the "capricious assertiveness" of President Donald Trump's administration just as it has to deal with the rise of China and Russian aggression, EU President Donald Tusk said. "We need to bring reality back into this discussion". "He has made us realise that if you need a helping hand you will find one at the end of your arm", the European Council president added.

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