European Union official criticizes Trump over attitude toward allies

Pauline Gross
July 11, 2018

But given the size of the German economy, reaching 2 percent per year would surpass Britain and France and make European neighbours nervous because of the legacy of two world wars.

"I would like to address President Trump.who for a long time now has been criticizing Europe nearly daily for, in his view, insufficient contributions to the common defense capabilities and for living off the U.S.", Tusk said."Dear President Trump, America does not have and will not have a better ally than Europe".

America's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partners will expand military outlays by a combined 3.82 percent in 2018, bringing the cumulative rise since the start of 2015 to more than $87 billion, according to the alliance, which Trump is due to visit for a two-day summit starting Wednesday. Not fair to the United States taxpayer.

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As European Council president, Mr Tusk serves as the chairman when EU leaders meet at summits.

It's hardly new territory for member states.

"For the President to say the European Union was "set up to take advantage of the United States, to attack our piggy bank, ' or that 'NATO is as bad as NAFTA" is not only factually wrong, but proves to me that it's time to go", Melville said in response to comments made by Trump according to a report by Foreign Policy.

But Sir Kim Darroch, UK ambassador to the U.S., said the president will be "an honoured guest, representing a partnership that is greater and deeper than any other in history". He has often railed against the US's key allies, accusing fueling trade deficits with the US.

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The building was 20 years in the making and cost a staggering $AU1.9 billion. "We're being taken advantage of by the European Union", he said, referring to trade issues with the EU.

"Boris Johnson's a friend of mine", he said.

Trump has asked Europe to lower tariffs on American-made cars and other products and to buy American liquid gas.

Mr Trump weighed in on British politics too, calling the United Kingdom "in somewhat turmoil" before describing Boris Johnson as a "friend of mine".

Germany has also recently announced it will boost its presence in Afghanistan, from about 1,000 troops to 1,300 troops.

She continues to face pressure from within her own party, which has undermined her position at the top of the pecking order in Europe.

"I would like to thank President Trump for his leadership on defence spending".

Each of the leaders know how hard it can be to satisfy Mr Trump.

"Dear America, appreciate your allies, after all, you don't have that many", Tusk said.

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