News ID: 218218
Published: 0155 GMT July 13, 2018

France: Europe will stand up to Trump

France: Europe will stand up to Trump

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Friday that Europe will stand up to US President Donald Trump’s efforts to “destabilize” the EU and derail international cooperation.

Le Drian said Trump “can’t tolerate that there is an ensemble called the European Union.” But, he added, “Europe will not let itself be destabilized.”

The top French diplomat spoke as Trump is paying a tumultuous trip to Europe, AP reported.

Le Drian said Trump only believes in conflictual relationships, and accused him of trying to destroy multilateral efforts to maintaining the Iran nuclear deal, encourage trade and fight climate change.

Germany’s current and former foreign ministers also criticized comments made by Trump about their country and European allies.

In an interview with German weekly Der Spiegel published Friday, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Trump’s verbal attacks against Germany endangered the West’s security.

Spiegel quoted Maas saying that “Europe can’t accept that what’s been built up over many years is intentionally damaged for the thrill of being provocative.”

Trump had claimed at a Wednesday breakfast with NATO’s secretary general that a new natural gas pipeline to Russia has left Germany “captive” to Moscow.

Maas told Spiegel, “We aren’t prisoners, neither to Russia nor to the US.”

His predecessor, Sigmar Gabriel, told the magazine, “Trump endangers world peace by consciously splitting the Western alliance and disregarding its values.

Trump angered European allies at a NATO summit this week and then accused British Prime Minister Theresa May of being too soft with the EU on Brexit negotiations.

Trump questioned May’s handling of Brexit in an interview with The Sun newspaper ahead of a meeting with May and said her former foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, would make an “excellent” prime minister, just days after Johnson resigned his position in protest of May’s Brexit plans

He also blamed London’s mayor for terror attacks against the city. 

Tens of thousands of people marched in central London in the first wave of a whirlwind of protests against Trump’s visit, accusing him of torture, misogyny and racism.

Carrying placards reading “Dump Trump,” and “Can’t comb over sexism,” joyous crowds blew whistles before starting from Portland Place heading toward Oxford Circus.

Many protesters used humor to convey their opposition. One sign read: “Trump wears poorly tailored suits,” while another proclaimed: “Overcomb Brexit.” One man was selling rolls of “Trump toilet paper” emblazoned with a picture of the president.



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