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World European Council President: U.S. 'won't have a better ally' than EU

20:46  10 july  2018
20:46  10 july  2018 Source:   cnn.com

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Donald Tusk, the European Council president , hit back. “Dear @realDonaldTrump,” Mr. Tusk wrote. “US doesn’ t have and won ’ t have a better ally than EU . We spend on defense much more than Russia and as much as China.

Donald Tusk, the European Council president , hit back. “Dear @realDonaldTrump,” Mr. Tusk wrote. “US doesn’ t have and won ’ t have a better ally than EU . We spend on defense much more than Russia and as much as China.

European Council Council Donald Tusk holds a joint press conference with the European Commission President after an informal meeting of the 27 EU heads of state or government at the European Council headquarters in Brussels on February 23, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYS (Photo credit should read JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images): European Council President Donald Tusk responded to President Trump's statements about NATO. © JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images European Council President Donald Tusk responded to President Trump's statements about NATO. President of the European Council Donald Tusk told President Donald Trump early Tuesday morning that the U.S. "won't have a better ally" than the EU ahead of his European trip this week.

"U.S. doesn't have and won't have a better ally than EU. We spend on defense much more than Russia and as much as China," Tusk wrote on Twitter after tagging Trump's account.

Tusk has before been a vocal critic of Trump's rhetoric toward NATO, tweeting in May when Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear agreement that "with friends like that, who needs enemies." Tusk took further aim at Trump on Tuesday at a joint EU-NATO declaration, telling Trump that "it is always worth knowing who is your strategic friend and who is your strategic problem."

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Early Tuesday, European Council President Donald Tusk hit back at Trump, suggesting that the U . S . "doesn' t have and won ' t have a better ally than EU ," and took a shot at Trump for his willingness to negotiate with Russia and China.

European Council President Donald Tusk told Donald Trump to stop berating NATO allies over military investment levels and to be more respectful towards America’ s allies , claiming that they are now in short supply. US doesn’ t have and won ’ t have a better ally than EU .

Tusk turned once more to Twitter on Tuesday morning to criticize Trump's overtures towards Russia and China.

"I hope you have no doubt this is an investment in our security, which cannot be said with confidence about Russian & Chinese spending," Tusk wrote.

Tusk's tweet was a response to Trump's recent ruminations on NATO ahead of this week's meeting, including earlier Tuesday morning when he tweeted about U.S. spending ahead of his departure for this year's NATO summit in Brussels.

"The U.S. is spending many times more than any other country in order to protect them. Not fair to the U.S. taxpayer. On top of that we lose $151 Billion on Trade with the European Union. Charge us big Tariffs (& Barriers)!" Trump wrote.

Trump added, following Tusk's tweet, "NATO countries must pay MORE, the United States must pay LESS. Very Unfair!"

Tensions are high as Trump heads back to Europe to meet with traditional American allies, some of whom were angered last month at the G7 conference in Canada.

Questions linger about a potential trade war with the EU. In the past couple of weeks, Trump has announced new tariffs against European allies and has repeatedly denounced the transatlantic alliance, increasing political pressure on NATO allies ahead of this week.

While in Europe, Trump will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin Monday in Helsinki, Finland.

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