Bewilderment in Bulgaria this week during an EU summit as European Council President Donald Tusk, who has clearly been taking lessons on how to trash-talk like Trump, said that the US could no longer be relied upon for trade and military assistance.
Mr. Tusk stated: "Looking at the latest decisions of President Donald Trump, you could think: with friends like that, who needs enemies? We realize that if you need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of your arm.”
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Then yesterday, US President Donald Trump held a cabinet meeting also attended by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at which he was asked about the EU’s comments as the two major trading partners continued to trade barbs.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Do Europeans still trust Donald Trump?<br><br>This is what European Council President Donald Tusk has to say: <a href="https://t.co/5Iqgl5ceLQ">pic.twitter.com/5Iqgl5ceLQ</a></p>— dwnews (@dwnews) <a href="https://twitter.com/dwnews/status/996743762528407553?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 16, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Mr. Trump stated: "The European Union has been terrible to the United States on trade, they have been terrible to our workers."
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The US President once again referred to the continued imbalance on import duties between the two westernized regions. According to the White House, any car shipped from the US into Europe face a 10% import tax, while a European car shipped to us only gets slapped with 2.5%
"It’s very hard for us to sell our cars into the European Union. But the European Union, in this case, Germany, has its Mercedes and its BMWs and its cars pouring into the United States with no barriers. They pay a tiny tax, whereas the European Union charges a massive tax."
The EU and the US have been locking horns over the imposed tariffs on steel and trade which Mr. Trump imposed.
During the meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, US President Donald Trump once again singled out Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Government in Germany as the NATO member par excellence which should be contributing more to the military alliance.