"There is a Trump hell in which NATO is as bad as NAFTA and the EU is worse off than China," said a senior European official. "The transatlantic relations that we take for granted are not self-evident."
But Trump's announcement that he would lay steel and aluminum tariffs on the table The EU, Canada and Mexico and its fierce criticism of these countries now have many of America's closest allies openly questioning the reliability of the United States. European officials promise vengeance and are worried about a trade war.
Trump tries to divide European allies by offering French President Emmanuel Macron a favorable free trade agreement when France leaves the EU, a European official said, an offer he allegedly made to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and promised Britain after Brexit.
Concern over a repeat
In addition, European officials say that Trump takes advantage of his firm belief that the United States is exploiting its trade relations with US involvement in NATO, whose members it considers free-rider (1
"There is no reason why we should not have a busy NATO summit," joked the European official "The government is mitigating damage in European capitals, but they also say they do not know what President Trump is doing or saying becomes."
After the NATO summit in Brussels, Trump will visit the United Kingdom before traveling to Helsinki for a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Diplomats said they were worried about the appearance of a tense NATO meeting, followed by a friendly meeting between Trump and Putin, which could damage the Alliance and help Putin in his attempt to split NATO.
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"The administration has carried out mitigation and said: Do not worry, we will be extremely firm." But again we do not know … everything is possible, "said the European official." No one knows. That is, I think, the first concern. "
European leaders have clearly and publicly stated that they see the relationship with the Trump Administration as usual Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, accepted Twitter after the US withdrew from the Iranian nuclear program and threatened to punish Europe.
"If you look at Trump's latest decisions, you might as well Think: With such friends Who needs enemies? "Tusk tweeted in May, and in the same month Merkel said it was clear that the EU" can not fully rely on the US and Britain, "a statement that pointed to the deep tears in the transatlantic alliance.
He said he spoke "with great frequency" to his Canadian and European allies, where the talks "aimed at achieving common goals."
"There are so many things in which we share common values and common concerns "But in the end, the traditional value-oriented alliance between Europe and the United States, this transatlantic alliance, will remain strong over the next 70 years."