Washington (AFP) – When President Donald Trump met at the White House in April, he suggested to his French counterpart that France leave the European Union and sign a bilateral trade agreement with the US, the Washington Post reported Friday. 1
The tenor of the conversation was confirmed to the AFP by a diplomatic source.
The US President has repeatedly attacked and sharply outlawed the EU, which he considers to be unfair trading practices, especially with regard to the auto industry, and the European grouping has become a preferred target of his, both privately and publicly.
"The European Union, of course, was founded to capitalize on the United States," Trump said Wednesday during a campaign-style rally in North Dakota state.
Trump, whose motto is "America First," campaign has regularly attacked some of the world's most important multilateral organizations, including NATO, which have been pillars of transatlantic relations.
During the last G7 summit in Canada, he allegedly told the other leaders of the Atlantic Allia It was "as bad as NAFTA," the North American free trade agreement he threatened to compromise, unless his fellow Canada and Mexico accepted more favorable conditions.
Against the background of extremely tense relations, Trump is scheduled to attend in July 11 and 12 at a NATO summit in Brussels before meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Helsinki a few days later.