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.
The President of the European Council slammed the US President, warning Trump is a bad friends who acts with "capricious assertiveness".
Reiterating the position of France, Germany and the United Kingdom, the three European powers that helped broker the Iran nuclear agreement, Tusk said that the EU would remain committed to the deal as long as Tehran fulfilled its obligations. But Europeans are increasingly exasperated by the way Trump is steering USA policy, objecting not only to his stances but also to what they say is erratic policymaking that switches on the whim of Fox News programmers. "The EU and United States are friends and partners, therefore U.S. tariffs can not be justified on the basis of national security", he said. And my objective is simple: we stick to our guns, ' stated Tusk.
The European Commission is refusing to open talks on wider trade terms with the U.S., including import tariffs on cars - a bugbear of the United States president - until it receives a permanent exemption from punitive taxes on European steel and aluminium.
On Trump's decision to impose tariffs on European and Chinese steel and aluminum, a move the EU has warned could spark a trade war, Tusk urged the leaders to keep a unified front.
"The EU and United States are friends and partners, therefore USA tariffs can not be justified on the basis of national security", he said.
Trump's moving of the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem this week has also upset many in Europe, though the European Union has failed to condemn the move squarely due to opposition from the Czech Republic and Hungary, which are strongly pro-Israel. "We need to bring reality back into this discussion". Tusk told a news conference.
After listing more of their proposals, Nigel finished: "So the whole European project is crumbling, the third biggest country in the eurozone is in open revolt against the whole system and all Donald Tusk can do is say a few sad words about Donald Trump".
He called for the European Union to unite "economically, politically and militarily ... like never before".
"He has made us realize that, if you need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of your arm", he said, according to the Reuters news agency.
He said that the EU leaders should also get an update from EU foreigh policy chief Federica Mogherini, while European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will "share his thoughts on how the interests of the European companies engaged in economic cooperation with Iran can be best preserved".
"I have no doubt that in the new global game, Europe will either be one of the major players, or a pawn".