With friends like Trump, who needs enemies?: EU's Tusk

EU official: Europe must send signal that it protects its 'own economic interests'

European Council President Donald Tusk lashed out at the USA president, blasting his decision to pull out from the Iranian nuclear deal and stirring up trade disputes with other countries, and lamenting that one does not need enemies with friends like Trump.

Tusk spoke about the Iran nuclear deal in further detail while also outlining a few other issues he had with the current leader of the United States in his prepared remarks. He has made us realize that if you need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of your arm.

"I would like our debate to reconfirm without any doubt that as long as Iran respects the provisions of the deal, the European Union will also respect it", Tusk said in a letter to the leaders.

EU President Donald Tusk said the leaders in Sofia would "reflect on recent global developments, in particular following President Trump's announcements on Iran and trade as well as the latest, dramatic events in Gaza".

Options for the EU to protect European companies from negative consequences of the USA decision were also needed, Tusk said.

Tusk said that this includes the possibility to respond to the U.S. measures "as appropriate and in a proportionate manner", in compliance with the World Trade Organisation rules.

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 United States embassy in Jerusalem, the conflict's bloodiest day in years. Here again, unity is our greatest strength.

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Tusk also demanded that Trump grant a permanent exemption to the European Union from threatened tariffs on steel and aluminum, and he rejected as "absurd" any assertion by the that such tariffs could be justified on national security grounds. Therefore US tariffs can not be justified on the basis of national security. It is absurd to even think that Europe could be a threat to the United States.

Mr. Trump's decision last week to abandon the Iran nuclear deal - negotiated by Iran and the United States, Britain, China, France, Germany and Russian Federation - left Europe scrambling to preserve the agreement.

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

This move came less than three years after it was signed by his predecessor Barack Obama and the leaders of Iran, China, Russia, the United Kingdom, Germany and France.

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.

'This agreement is everything other than ideal, but Iran is, according to all the knowledge of the worldwide nuclear authorities, sticking to the commitments of the agreement, ' stated Merkel.

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