With friends like Trump, who needs enemies?: EU's Tusk

  • With friends like Trump, who needs enemies?: EU's Tusk

With friends like Trump, who needs enemies?: EU's Tusk

"The world is in disorder", European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker declared on Wednesday (16 May).

The President of the European Council slammed the US President, warning Trump is a bad friends who acts with "capricious assertiveness".

European Council President Donald Tusk criticised United States president Donald Trump for withdrawing from the Iran deal and imposing steel and aluminium tariffs on the EU, citing the "capricious assertiveness of the U.S. administration", Politico reports.

'With friends like that, who needs enemies?' European Council president asks.

"I want leaders to reconfirm that the European Union sticks to the deal as long as Iran does", Tusk said.

Tusk hit out at "the capricious assertiveness of the American administration" under Trump.

The senior official said that European Union should be grateful to Trump as he helped the bloc get rid of its illusions. "He has made us realize that if you need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of your arm".

"Europe must do everything in its power to protect, despite today's mood, the transatlantic bond".

The EU is hoping that Iran abide by the agreement as long Tehran receives the economic benefits promised in the deal.

But with the U.S. saying it had pulled out of the deal because of broader worries about Tehran's actions, the leaders said they would also "address concerns about Iran's role in the region, Iran's ballistic missile programme and what happens after 2025".

Tusk said that the EU needed to protect European companies against United States decisions, but also sought ways to address Iran's ballistic program and regional role.

"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 EU would be ready to "improve reciprocal market access, for industrial products, including amongst others cars, and liberalisation of public procurement", the source said.

Total said it would wind down operations linked to the South Pars gas venture before November 4 unless it were granted a specific project waiver by the U.S. authorities, with the support of the French and European authorities. "We did discuss the possibility of applying our blocking statute". The aim is to counter Trump's reimposition of sanctions on Iran. To put it simply: either we are together, or we will not be at all.

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. He noted in particular "President Trump's announcements on Iran and trade as well as the latest, dramatic events in Gaza".