Trumps calls the European Union a foe of the United States


On the eve of his meeting with Russia's Vladimir Putin, U.S. President Donald Trump rattled allies once more by labeling the European Union a "foe" with regard to trade.

"Well I think we have a lot of foes - I think the European Union is a foe - what they do to us in trade".

When Face the Nation's Jeff Glor told Trump that "a lot of people might be surprised to hear you list the European Union as a foe before China and Russia", Trump made it sound as though it upset him to have to challenge Europe, his ancestral homeland.

The President added that "Russia is a foe in certain respects". "China is a foe economically. but that doesn't mean they are bad".

"It doesn't mean anything", he continued. "But that doesn't mean they are bad", he said.

Mr Trump said he respects Europe's leaders but says they have taken advantage of the United States on trade and defence spending.

His recent comments is continuing pattern in which Trump has taken a more confrontational position on European allies.

Trump was due to arrive in Helsinki for his Monday meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

He reiterated a criticism he made of Germany during a tense North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit in Brussels last week, namely that the country should not have agreed to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project with Russian Federation. Look at the millions of cars they sell in the US. "My father was Germany", Trump said.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May revealed on Sunday that Donald Trump gave her this piece of advice: Sue the European Union, don't negotiate. His grandfather Frederick Trump was born in Germany.

"You know I love those countries".

President Trump in Turnberry, Scotland, on July 15. A few days after that diplomatic disaster, May subsequently revealed that Trump had advised her to sue the European Union instead of negotiating with them over Brexit, indicating that Trump continues to exclusively view foreign policy through the narrow lens of real estate industry bullying.

John Bolton, Trump's national security adviser, said in an interview with ABC's "This Week" that the United States would not be looking for "deliverables" and that the meeting would be "unstructured", beginning with a one-on-one session between the two leaders. "But in a trade sense, they've really taken advantage of us and many of those countries are in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation". Asked in a BBC interview Sunday what that was, May responded with an amused expression: "He told me I should sue the EU".

According to Trump, the pipeline deal has generated "a lot of anger" for Germany, and it won't even be good for the country in the long run anyway. "Because it's like, what, are they waving a white flag?"

In response, European Union leader Donald Tusk tweeted: "America and the European Union are best friends".