'With friends like Trump, who needs enemies?'

Tusk US helps EU to get rid of illusions

The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, commented on the U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear deal with Iran, saying: Donald trump has deprived the Europeans of the past illusions.

The senior official said that European Union should be grateful to Trump as he helped the bloc get rid of its illusions.

The 28 anxious EU leaders are gathering in the Bulgarian capital for discussions over dinner on Wednesday on how to salvage the nuclear deal and European business dealings with Iran from Trump's sanctions and how to avoid a trade war in an escalating tariff dispute with the United States.

European Union leaders gathered in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia on Wednesday for their first meeting on the matter since Trump quit the accord.

Mr. Tusk's tweet, however, was one of the more notable, public denunciations of Mr. Trump's decision making by a European leader, as a series of moves on trade, Israel and other issues has increasingly put traditional allies at odds with the administration in Washington.

In a striking rhetorical assault on the leader of Europe's biggest ally, EU Council President Donald Tusk said that given Trump's recent decisions, "someone could even think 'with friends like that, who needs enemies?"'

In dinner talks in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia, EU leaders will be briefed on possible incentives to keep Tehran in the nuclear agreement, even after a key player like the US pulled out.

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European leaders said in this article, concerned about the rhetoric trump, his "capricious insistence", and the contradictory statements of the American leader.

Trump has bewildered the Europeans by threatening to slap tariffs on EU steel and aluminum exports and reneging on an agreement to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons, which the EU believes is vital to world security. "Europe must do everything in its power to protect, in spite of today's mood, the transatlantic bond".

Trump ultimately withdrew last June, but he has since signaled the United States might rejoin the agreement.

"We need to bring reality back to this discussion, which is not the case today", he said.

Speaking to lawmakers in Paris on Wednesday, France's junior minister for Europe, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, said the United States behaviour meant it was time that Europe stood up for itself.

Theresa May, Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel have resolved to stick with the joint comprehensive plan of action with Iran, despite the threats of U.S. sanctions against European businesses.

The blocking statute was developed in 1996 to counter U.S. sanctions on Cuba, Iran and Libya, but has not been tested yet. Tusk said Europe planned to stand its ground. But Trump has also lambasted his European peers for not spending enough on defence, raising doubts among many in Europe about his commitment to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and Europe's broader security. "The deal is good for European and global security", said Tusk.

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