Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

'With friends like Trump, who needs enemies?'

'With friends like Trump, who needs enemies?'

Tusk's comments came in response to Trump's decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear agreement and his threat to impose punitive trade sanctions on the 28-nation European Union.

Macron, May and Merkel in Sofia on May 17.

Leaders on Wednesday plan to discuss whether to direct European Union businesses to defy U.S. sanctions against Iran, a measure with uncertain chances of success that would nevertheless be a diplomatic blow to Washington.

On trade, the EU leaders agreed to "strengthen" the European Commission as it seeks to negotiate a permanent exemption from United States tariffs on metal and aluminium that are due to take effect on June 1, the source said.

"Item number one; to demand the cancellation of 250 billion euros worth of debt - that's a good start isn't it?" "The condition for all talks is to lift all threats and tariffs, without mention of a time limit".

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.

The bloc's leaders discussed the issue during a working dinner Wednesday night in the Bulgarian capital, one week after President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the 2015 agreement meant to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons in return for the lifting of sanctions.

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


It was also ready to "improve reciprocal market access, for industrial products, including amongst others cars, and liberalisation of public procurement". The EU agreed to begin work to protect European companies negatively affected by the US decision to withdraw and reimpose sanctions, while also addressing concerns about Iran's ballistic missile program and its wider role in the Middle East.

"The EU and U.S. are friends and partners".

In his criticism of the accord, which the other signatories Russian Federation and China also want to uphold, Trump has said it did not go far enough in restraining Iran's ability to develop nuclear weapons, while not addressing its missile programme and involvement in various conflicts in the Middle East.

And for the Europeans, the problem is made more acute by the fact that the disorder is largely created by their closest historical ally, the United States.

The EU's hopes have been complicated by the fact that European companies would also be exposed to U.S. sanctions imposed on anyone doing business in Iran.

"Trump played his first card, but miscalculated the second move", Rouhani was quoted as saying by the ISNA agency.

Iran said the new US sanctions were an attempt to derail efforts to save the nuclear deal. "No one will choose Iran over the U.S. The deal is dead".

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