Trump Calls European Union a ‘Foe’ of the United States

President Trump calls the European Union one of America's biggest foes

President Trump ratcheted up his criticism of the European Union the day before he meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland, calling the political and economic union "a foe" of the United States. "I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade", he said.

"Well, I think we have a lot of foes".

"I think we have a lot of foes", Trump responded.

"Russia is foe in certain respects. China is a foe economically, certainly they are a foe", he continued.

"That doesn't mean they are bad".

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

German Chancellor Angela Merkel pushed back on his comments after the summit, telling reporters she had "experienced myself how a part of Germany was controlled by the Soviet Union" while growing up in communist East Germany, and said her country made "independent" policies and decisions.

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Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, replied on Twitter using one of Trump's favorite stock phrases.

Tusk accused Trump of spreading "fake news" with a comment Trump made during an interview with CBS News that aired Sunday. "I respect the leaders of those countries", Trump said.

"America and the European Union are best friends", Tusk wrote. "They're competitors. They want to do well and we want to do well". His mother was born in Scotland, while his father was born in NY.

Friday's charges against the 12 Russian officers alleging they hacked Democratic computer networks in 2016 represented the most detailed US accusation yet that Moscow meddled in the election to help Trump.

When asked by CBS if he would ask Putin to extradite the Russians to the United States, Trump said he had not thought of that idea but that he might. And, you know, I love those countries. Last week, Trump embarked on a foreign tour in Europe that began with a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation conference, a visit to the United Kingdom and is expected to end with a summit in Finland with Russian President Vladamir Putin.

Last week, the president participated in a contentious North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels where he demanded that the alliance's members up their financial stake. "I think it's ridiculous, so I let that be known also this time", Trump said.

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