Beppe Grillo and Donald Trump
Mr Grillo described the controversial new US President as a “moderate whose image has been distorted”.
He declared he was “very optimistic” about the Trump presidency which he said would reignite the US economy and stop it from playing world police enforcer.
In an interview with French magazine Journal du Dimanche, the former stand-up comic expressed his fundamental agreement with Mr Trump’s populist presidential platform.
He said: “I read one of his books in which he says some really sensible things on the need, for example, to bring economic activity back to the United States.
“He said what he had to say about Chinese protectionism as well.”
Beppe Grillo said Donald Trump was a moderate whose message had been twisted by the media
I no longer feel the spirit of Europe
Mr Grillo said Mr Trump would use fiscal policy to entice large companies to keep their business in the US instead of taking it south of the border to Mexico and that he would also “relaunch small and medium enterprises”.
He said: “Mr Trump will also recall the US Army stationed at the four corners of the world and I agree with all this.”
The Italian nationalist accused the media of twisting the “moderate message” of Mr Trump who then “simply adapted to what was being said about him”.
He said: “We consequently have a deformed perception of him.”
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Donald Trump has won the backing of Italian populist leader Beppe Grillo
Looking closer to home, M Grillo described the EU as “a total failure” that needed to be re-imagined.
He said: “It is an enormous apparatus, with two parliaments, in Brussels and Strasbourg, to please the French.
“Europe was born with Jean Monnet but then was progressively transformed.
“I liked the word ‘community’ but then it was called union for the currency, which was to be common and not unique.”
Beppe Grillo with another Donald Trumo cheerleader, former UKIP leader Nigel Farage
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He continued: “I am in favour of a different Europe, where each state can adopt its fiscal and monetary system.
“I want the Eurobond, a 20 per cent devalued euro for southern European countries, protecting our products against those arriving from abroad, and a revision of the 3 per cent deficit budgetary rule.
“I no longer feel the spirit of Europe.”