Donald Tusk condemns Trump administration as 'capricious'

Emmanuel Macron left is greeted by Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov as he arrives for a dinner with EU and Western Balkan heads of state at the Sofia Tech Park in Sofia Bulgaria Wednesday
Donald Tusk condemns Trump administration as 'capricious'
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17 May, 2018

President Donald Trump's withdrawal of the United States from the nuclear accord and his order that sanctions be reimposed on Tehran have left European allies scrambling to keep the deal alive and protect their Iranian trade.

Members of the European Council will discuss ways they might be able to salvage the Iran nuclear deal now that President Trump has opted to back out of the agreement during their summit in Bulgaria this week.

"Given the recent decisions of the President trump, you would think, with such friends don't need enemies", - said Tusk.

European Council president Donald Tusk said before the meeting, setting the mood among EU leaders.

Tusk's public comments on Wednesday also touched on the new U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum that are set to bite on June 1 unless Trump grants a reprieve.

The European Union's top official launched a stinging attack Wednesday on President Donald Trump, slamming his "capricious assertiveness" and saying the United States leader acted more like an enemy than a friend. This is the only real alternative. Therefore U.S. tariffs can not be justified on the basis of national security. "But frankly speaking, Europe should be grateful to President Trump, because thanks to him we have got rid of all illusions".

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Mr Tusk said the United States appeared to be hesitating in hitting European companies doing business in Iran with sanctions, but the bloc still needed to be ready to protect its interests.

British Prime Minister Theresa May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron - whose countries are the signatories to the Iran deal along with the US, Russia and China, gave their views on the situation to their colleagues, he said. "I want the European Commission to be given a green light, so it is ready to act when European interests are affected", he added. The shifting desires make it almost impossible to negotiate with the White House, many diplomats say, because they can not strike a bargain to get close to what Trump wants when he doesn't know it himself. "We realize that if you need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of your arm", Tusk said.

Tusk made the comments on May 16 in Bulgaria's capital, Sofia, before an European Union summit where the USA decision to abandon the Iran nuclear deal and the threat to impose tariffs on aluminium and steel products will be discussed.

"I don't think we have to consider this or that, when it contravenes the laws of global trade", Macron said.

The options being considered include new credit lines for Iran, increased energy cooperation and the use of EU laws to block European companies from caving in to USA sanctions. This decision led to clashes between Palestinians and Israeli military in the Gaza strip, during which killed 59 people, reminiscent of "Bagnet".

At the EU summit on Wednesday, the EU leaders agreed that the European Union should play a stronger role on the political world stage.


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