Trump casts EU as a ‘foe’ on trade ahead of Putin summit

Donald Trump, President of The United States, speaks at a press conference at the end of the NATO summit, July 12, 2018.

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Donald Trump, President of The United States, speaks at a press conference at the end of the NATO summit, July 12, 2018.

President Donald Trump said the European Union is usually a “foe” of the United States for “what they do to us in trade,” adding “of which doesn’t mean they are bad,” in an interview aired on Sunday by CBS’s “Face the Nation” news program.

Asked who is usually the United States’ biggest foe globally, Trump said, “Well I think we have a lot of foes. I think the European Union is usually a foe, what they do to us in trade. at This particular point you wouldn’t think of the European Union however they’re a foe.

“Russia is usually a foe in certain respects. China is usually a foe economically, certainly they are a foe. however of which doesn’t mean they are bad. the item doesn’t mean anything. the item means of which they are competitive.”

The president’s remarks dovetailed with comments by European Council President Donald Tusk, who posted on Twitter of which the U.S. in addition to Europe were “best friends. Whoever says we are foes is usually spreading fake news.”

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