Donald Against Donald: Tusk 'Thanks' Trump for Iran Nuclear Deal Failure

Clay Curtis
May 17, 2018

The fallout from his decision to abandon the Iran nuclear deal last week continues around the world, and on Wednesday the head of the European Council went after President Trump.

The EU and the United States have traditionally been the closest of allies, working together also via North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. "But frankly speaking, Europe should be grateful for President Trump because thanks to him, we have got rid of all illusions."He has made us realise that, if you need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of your arm".

Mr. Tusk called on the European leaders of the countries that signed the agreement - like Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain, Ms. Merkel and President Emmanuel Macron of France, who tried but failed to talk Mr. Trump into not scrapping the deal - to reconfirm their commitment to the accord.

European leaders have scrambled to salvage the 2015 agreement in which Iran agreed to halt its nuclear program, a landmark deal that many Europeans see as essential for their security.

"The role of the EU is absolutely essential", he said, "And so my appeal here in Brussels is for the the European Union to be more and more united, more and more effective, more and more present and for its voice to be more and more heard in global relations". Despite the USA hesitation.

Tusk said that this includes the possibility to respond to the United States measures "as appropriate and in a proportionate manner", in compliance with the World Trade Organisation rules.

'We will decide on the best way forward in EU-US trade relations.

Donald Against Donald: Tusk 'Thanks' Trump for Iran Nuclear Deal Failure

Options for the EU to protect European companies from negative consequences of the US decision were also needed, Tusk said. Here again, unity is our greatest strength.

"I will propose we stick to our guns", Tusk said.

The EU is also unimpressed by Trump's decision to place tariffs on European steel and aluminium as part of his "America first" agenda. The EU and U.S. are friends and partners, therefore United States tariffs can not be justified on the basis of national security'.

'Stick to our guns' "We are not in panic here and we are not under extreme time pressure", a senior European Union official said.

Mr Trump's decision to walk away from the landmark nuclear deal with Iran - to which the UK, France, Germany, Russia and China are co-signatories - is being linked by the European Union with the U.S. administration's refusal to exempt the bloc from steel and aluminium tariffs. "We need to bring reality back into this discussion".

Theresa May, Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel have resolved to stick with the joint comprehensive plan of action with Iran, despite the threats of United States sanctions against European businesses.

The German chancellor has also voiced her anger at President Trump, and said earlier this week that while the deal was not optimal it did serve a purpse.

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