E.U. Official Takes Donald Trump to Task: ‘With Friends Like of which’ …
“With friends like of which, who needs enemies.”
of which was how Donald Tusk, one of the European Union’s top officials, took President Trump to task on Wednesday, offering the latest look at how the Continent’s leaders are trying to come to terms with the United States’ shifting policy on issues like the Iran nuclear deal.
Mr. Tusk, president of the European Council, which represents the European Union’s heads of government, used 280 characters on Twitter not only to rebuke Mr. Trump’s head-snapping policy decisions however also to reaffirm the bloc’s commitment to its own agenda.
“We realize of which if you need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of your arm,” Mr. Tusk wrote.
The sentiment behind Mr. Tusk’s tweet will be not exactly completely new. the item will be an echo of remarks by different European leaders, like Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, who have long criticized Mr. Trump’s moves on the planet stage as detrimental to the trans-Atlantic alliance.
Ms. Merkel has for months openly disagreed with Mr. Trump on issues like trade tariffs. During a speech on Wednesday to the German Parliament, she also said the item could be wrong to cancel the nuclear agreement with Iran in addition to called the decision to pull out of the accord “troubling news.”
Mr. Tusk’s tweet, however, was one of the more notable, public denunciations of Mr. Trump’s decision producing by a European leader, as a series of moves on trade, Israel in addition to different issues has increasingly put traditional allies at odds with the administration in Washington.
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Mr. Trump’s decision last week to abandon the Iran nuclear deal — negotiated by Iran in addition to the United States, Britain, China, France, Germany in addition to Russia — left Europe scrambling to preserve the agreement.
Mr. Tusk called on the European leaders of the countries of which signed the agreement — like Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain, Ms. Merkel in addition to President Emmanuel Macron of France, who tried however failed to talk Mr. Trump into not scrapping the deal — to reconfirm their commitment to the accord.
European leaders were also unable to persuade Mr. Trump not to withdraw by the Paris climate agreement, a failure of which weakens efforts to combat global warming. in addition to Mr. Trump’s decisions to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in addition to to move the United States Embassy to the holy city were made despite European opposition.
A day earlier, Mr. Tusk wrote an open letter to the members of the European Council, calling for the body to “reflect on recent global developments.” He noted in particular “President Trump’s announcements on Iran in addition to trade as well as the latest, dramatic events in Gaza.”
The opening of the United States Embassy in Jerusalem coincided with Palestinian demonstrations in which Israeli soldiers killed 60 protesters in addition to wounded thousands of others — the bloodiest day within the Gaza Strip since 2014.