Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Antoinette Montgomery

Donald Against Donald: Tusk 'Thanks' Trump for Iran Nuclear Deal Failure

Donald Against Donald: Tusk 'Thanks' Trump for Iran Nuclear Deal Failure

Even by the stressed standards of relations between Europe and the United States in the Trump era, European Council President Donald Tusk's Wednesday criticisms were unusually cutting.

President Donald Trump's approval ratings may be on the rose back home, but overseas things are not looking so good for the commander-in-chief.

Trade tensions have been growing since March 23, when Donald Trump ordered to introduce a 25% tariff on steel imports and 10% tax on aluminum, claiming to protect the U.S. producers from unfair competition and boost national security.

US President Donald Trump arrives to pose for a family photo with participants of the G7 summit during the Summit of the Heads of State and of Government of the G7, the group of most industrialized economies, plus the European Union, on May 27, 2017 in Taormina, Sicily.

Listing the traditional problems facing Europe, ranging from the expanding power of China to the belligerence of Russia, Mr Tusk said: "We are witnessing today a new phenomenon, the capricious assertiveness of the American administration".

Over the dinner of Bulgarian salad, meatballs, buffalo steak and walnut biscuits with berries, May meanwhile was to tell her fellow leaders that Britain was "committed to ensuring the deal is upheld" so long as Iran honours its commitments, her spokeswoman said. But they are expected to continue to adhere to the provisions of the deal and to consider options to shield European investments in Iran, which many EU nations hope to benefit from.

"It is absurd to even think that the European Union could be a threat to the United States".

Tusk pointed to some of Trump's latest decisions before concluding, "someone could even think with friends like that, who needs enemies".

The EU should also seek ways, together with other partners, to address very real concerns over Iran's ballistic missile program and its regional activities, Tusk said.

There is likely to be little or no Brexit discussions as the British Prime Minster alongside Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron will "present their assessment of the situation" surrounding the Iran nuclear deal, according to Mr Tusk. "It's a moment of truth for Europe", he said.

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

"The question is whether you can talk better if you terminate an agreement or if you stay in it. we say you can talk better if you remain in it", she told the Bundestag, the lower house of parliament.

The blocking statute was developed in 1996 to counter USA sanctions on Cuba, but has not been tested yet.

Behind their message of unity and firmness, some member states seem open to tolerating limited quotas from the United States on metals imports while others want a harder line, diplomats said.

But Europeans are increasingly exasperated by the way Trump is steering USA policy, objecting not only to his stances but also to what they say is erratic policymaking that switches on the whim of Fox News programmers.

The EU has called for "utmost restraint" after Israeli forces killed 60 Palestinians during clashes and protests along the Gaza border against the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, in the conflict's bloodiest day in years.

"But frankly speaking, Europe should be grateful to President Trump".

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