Farage Offers Words Of Wisdom To EU's Tusk After Trump Outburst

Saul Bowman
May 17, 2018

Donald Tusk, the current President of the Council of the European Union has just articulated the feelings of many disgruntled EU leaders in saying that Donald Trump is a blessing in disguise because his unwillingness to treat the EU as an equal to the U.S. has opened up many eyes in Europe regarding delusions about geopolitical parity with the United States. "But frankly speaking, Europe should be grateful to President Trump, because thanks to him we have got rid of all illusions". We realize that if you need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of your arm'.

Tusk's comments came in response to Trump's decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear agreement and his threat to impose punitive trade sanctions on the 28-nation European Union.

At the start of an EU summit in Bulgaria, the European Council president offered a withering condemnation of Mr Trump's White House.

"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", said Tusk who arrived in Sofia to participate in the EU-Western Balkans Summit. Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris climate change accord and the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran threaten Europe's own foreign policy, which was long complementary to Washington's. Leaders on Wednesday plan to discuss whether to direct European Union businesses to defy USA sanctions against Iran, an unusual measure with uncertain chances of success that would nevertheless be a diplomatic blow to Washington.

In the Bulgarian capital Sofia for an European Union leaders' dinner that will focus largely on the fallout from Trump's recent policy moves, Tusk cited the "capricious assertiveness of the US administration" and said developing a unified response to Trump would be a main topic of discussion.

'We will decide on the best way forward in EU-US trade relations.

Farage Offers Words Of Wisdom To EU's Tusk After Trump Outburst

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 United States producers from unfair competition and boost national security.

"The EU and U.S. are friends and partners".

"This is why we agreed in March to call for the permanent exemption of the EU from these tariffs and strongly supported the steps taken by the European Commission to ensure that the interests of the EU are fully protected". Therefore US tariffs can not be justified on the basis of national security. The aim is to counter Trump's reimposition of sanctions on Iran. It is absurd to even think that Europe could be a threat to the United States.

But what European leaders have not yet grasped is that if a bloc that has for decades been so inexorably tied with the U.S. seeks to now broader its geopolitical portfolio, it must rapidly engage in expanded economic ties with China and also Russian Federation.

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

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