Within a letter written to 27 European Union leaders, EU President Donald Tusk named U.S. President Donald Trump as one of several external threats to the union.
According to the BBC, Tusk said he is worried about statements Trump made criticizing NATO, supporting Brexit, and wanting a better relationship with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, and what changing U.S. policies might mean for Europe.
Although Tusk ranked Trump’s threat below others such as China’s increased assertiveness, aggressiveness by Russia, and radical Islam, he said the new U.S. leadership puts the EU in a “difficult situation” and exacerbates other concerns.
“We cannot surrender to those who want to weaken or invalidate the Transatlantic bond, without which global order and peace cannot survive. We should remind our American friends of their own motto: United we stand, divided we fall,” Tusk's letter concluded, the BBC reported.
Tusk warned the EU’s outlook was “highly unpredictable” in the face of growing threats, and said the new Trump administration was “seeming to put into question the last 70 years of American foreign policy,” The Associated Press reported.
It is not clear whether Trump was referring to EU nations when he accused foreign corporations of “stealing our companies and destroying our jobs” and promised that “protection will lead to great prosperity and strength,” the BBC reported.
Just last week, Ted Malloch, the man nominated for U.S. ambassador to the EU, commented to the BBC that its currency, the euro, could collapse in 18 months.
In other comments, Trump has said he doesn’t care if the EU stays together or not.
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