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

EU's Tusk asks:

The fallout from his decision to abandon the Iran nuclear deal last week continues around the world, and on Wednesday the head of the European Council went after President Trump.

US President Donald Trump has "rid Europe of all illusions" by quitting the Iran nuclear deal and driving trade disputes, the European Union chairman said on Wednesday, underlining the depth of trans-Atlantic discord. "He has made us realize if you need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of your arm".

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 leaders have scrambled to salvage the 2015 agreement in which Iran agreed to halt its nuclear program, a landmark deal that many Europeans see as essential for their security.

Trump's moving of the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem this week has also upset many in Europe, though the European Union has failed to condemn the move squarely due to opposition from the Czech Republic and Hungary, which are strongly pro-Israel.

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Tusk pointed to some of Trump's latest decisions before concluding, "someone could even think with friends like that, who needs enemies".

Even by the stressed standards of relations between Europe and the United States in the Trump era, European Council President Donald Tusk's Wednesday criticisms were unusually cutting.

While today's announcement that the European Union will now purchase Iranian energy in Euros rather than US Dollars is a sign that Brussels, Berlin, Paris and to a lesser extent London may be serious about pursuing a JCPOA -1 format, the fact of the matter is that due to the restrictive trade policies of Brussels, the European Union has little leverage against more powerful US based financial institutions. "The deal is good for European and global security, which is why we must maintain it", he said.

"As we know, the U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminium can not be justified on the grounds of national security", Tusk said. Therefore U.S. tariffs can not be justified on the basis of national security. This is the case because if the EU remains overly reliant on U.S. markets which under Trump are becoming increasingly hostile to European imports even before taking the trans-Atlantic JCPOA row into account, Brussels may have no choice but to capitulate to United States threats of sanctions if European businesses continue to work with Iran, for the very reason that the EU would have no means of leveraging these USA threats without a Chinese trading partnership as a means of balancing the EU's relationship with Washington. We must develop our economic sovereignty now. It is absurd to even think that Europe could be a threat to the United States.