Trump casts European Union as a 'foe' on trade ahead of high stakes summit with Putin 

  • President Trump told CBS in an interview that he views Europe as a “foe” on trade, but clarified that it means “they are competitive.”
  • Similarly, he also characterized Russia and China as competitors.

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

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

“Russia is a foe in certain respects. China is a foe economically, certainly they are a foe. But that doesn’t mean they are bad. It doesn’t mean anything. It means that they are competitive.”

The president’s remarks dovetailed with comments from European Council President Donald Tusk, who posted on Twitter that the U.S. and Europe were”best friends. Whoever says we are foes is spreading fake news.”

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