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Donald Tusk condemns Trump administration as 'capricious'

Donald Tusk condemns Trump administration as 'capricious'

Tusk said EU leaders would use the summit to discuss the Iran deal along with innovation, the European future for the western Balkans, and Trump's trade policies.

'Following last week's announcement of the United States withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran, we need a united European front, ' Tusk told those assembled in Bulgaria.

"Looking at the latest decisions of President Trump, someone could even think: with friends like that, who needs enemies?".

"Europe should be grateful for President Trump because thanks to him we have got rid of all illusions" that the European Union can rely on others for help, Tusk added.

The President of the European Council slammed the US President, warning Trump is a bad friends who acts with "capricious assertiveness". Tusk, who is a former Polish prime minister, said in a statement to reporters.

Tusk spoke about the Iran nuclear deal in further detail while also outlining a few other issues he had with the current leader of the United States in his prepared remarks.

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

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European leaders have scrambled to salvage the 2015 agreement in which Iran agreed to halt its nuclear program, a landmark deal that many Europeans see as essential for their security. The EU and U.S. are friends and partners, therefore USA tariffs can not be justified on the basis of national security'.

Tusk's public comments on Wednesday also touched on the new US tariffs on steel and aluminum that are set to bite on June 1 unless Trump grants a reprieve.

While European officials have spoken out against Trump's trade actions before, the language used by Tusk marks a new tone in the relationship. "He has made us realize if you need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of your arm". It is absurd to even think that Europe could be a threat to the United States.

European diplomats have sought to play down expectations of Tuesday's meeting, stressing the enormous challenge of finding a way around USA sanctions punishing foreign businesses trading with Iran, which have global reach. In order to be the subject and not the object of global politics, Europe must be united economically, politically and also militarily like never before.

The violence in Gaza will also be on the agenda as it was "linked to the bigger question of the consequences of the decisions of Donald Trump", an European Union official said.

"We need to bring reality back to this discussion, which is not the case today", he said.


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