Ahead Of Summit With Putin, Trump Calls China, Russia And EU "Foes"

On the eve of his meeting with Russia's Vladimir Putin, U.S. President Donald Trump rattled allies once more by labelling the European Union a "foe" with regard to trade.

When asked to name the biggest competitor to the U.S. globally, Trump first named the European Union - which is comprised of several of the closest and oldest USA allies.

"I think we have a lot of foes", Trump told CBS News in an interview segment that aired Sunday on "Face the Nation". Russia's a foe in certain respects.

"Now you wouldn't think of the European Union, but they're a foe", Trump said. But simply because he considers these actors to be a "foe" does not necessarily mean that they are bad, he clarified.

U.S. President Donald Trump gestures as he walks on the course of his golf resort, in Turnberry, Scotland, July 14, 2018.

Although his mother, Mary Anne MacLeod Trump, was born in Scotland, his father, Fred Trump, was, in fact, born in New York City.

Trump was referring to a new natural gas pipeline between Germany, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member, and Russian Federation, the country that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies push back against. A few days after that diplomatic disaster, May subsequently revealed that Trump had advised her to sue the European Union instead of negotiating with them over Brexit, indicating that Trump continues to exclusively view foreign policy through the narrow lens of real estate industry bullying. While the interview made headlines mostly for this line on Sunday, just a day before he is slated to meet face-to-face with President Putin, Trump also said he believes the same about Russian Federation and others.

"I hadn't thought of that", Trump said.

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Mr Trump repeated his previous assertion that the European Union has "really taken advantage of us on trade".

"I love those countries". "You're supposed to be fighting for someone and then that someone gives billions of dollars to the one that you're, you know, guarding against".

During last week's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, Trump repeatedly criticized other member countries for failing to spend more on defence, and openly questioned the alliance's objective.

"I think we have a lot of foes". I also think it's a very bad thing for Germany.

EU President Donald Tusk tweeted in response, "America and the EU are best friends. What, are they waving a white flag?" he added.

The US has imposed tariffs on steel and aluminium against the European Union and other allies, sparking retaliation.

Trump landed in Helsinki today as he prepares to meet with Putin on Monday.

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