WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — US President Donald Trump, who as soon as celebrated Britain’s determination to depart the European Union, insisted Thursday that he desires the bloc to stay robust.
“Yes, a strong Europe is very, very important to me as president of the united states,” Trump advised reporters at a joint information convention with Italy’s Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni.
“And it is also in my opinion — in my very strong opinion — important for the United States. We want to see it. We will help it be strong.”
Trump’s previous feedback predicting that different international locations “will leave” the EU after Britain voted to take action final 12 months rankled European leaders.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker even responded with a joke he was able to encourage US independence actions if Trump did not tone down his Brexit help.
But extra not too long ago, Trump has endorsed the European bloc, which describes itself as a bastion in opposition to the nationalistic rivalries that so usually tore it aside in wars in previous centuries.
Early this month, the US president advised the Financial Times newspaper he thought the European Union was “getting their act together” — although he maintained Brexit could be “really, really good” for the Union and for Britain.
The turnabout mirrored Trump’s altering opinion of NATO.
Initially, he portrayed the army alliance as “obsolete.”
But final week he declared that was now not the case. Now, he stated, he was glad it was the “bulwark of international peace and security.”
However Trump is nonetheless insisting most NATO members “owe” cash to the alliance, stressing a aim that all of them spend two p.c of financial output on army expenditure.
In his media convention with the Italian prime minister, Trump centered once more on that monetary concern.
Gentiloni stated his nation totally supposed to fulfill that dedication, regardless of funds limitations.
“We know that this will be a gradual process. It has already begun,” he stated.
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