The press conference ended on a light-hearted note when Mr Juncker's translator stopped working
EU Council chief Donald Tusk praised historic ties between Europe and America, saying they were “more important and more durable” than the fall-out from the Republican’s shock move which has angered world leaders.
The remarks came at the end of an extraordinary day on which the President was savagely attacked by the US’ allies and adversaries alike, who joined together in a chorus of condemnation.
Earlier today the leaders of France, Germany and Italy issued a joint statement rejecting Mr Trump’s plea to renegotiate the Paris Agreement, whilst Theresa May expressed her disappointment in the US withdrawal.
And even China, for so long a global pariah in environmental terms, turned on America and backed the European stance that the deal must be implemented as it is without Washington’s participation.
But at a press conference marking the end of the EU-China summit in Brussels tonight Mr Tusk, so often the diplomatic voice of reason for the bloc, tried to smooth over a day of intense diplomatic turbulence.
The EU Council boss described Mr Trump’s decision as a “big mistake” and had a dig at the President’s record by calling it the “latest unfortunate” decision he had made.
But he also heaped praise on historic EU-US ties which have been strained ever since the Republican, a self-avowed eurosceptic, was voted in as the 45th Commander-in-Chief.
Mr Tusk told reporters: “Today we are stepping up our cooperation on climate change with China, which means that today China and Europe have demonstrated solidarity with future generations and responsibility for the whole planet.
“We are convinced that yesterday’s decision by the United States to leave the Paris Agreement is a big mistake, bigger than not ratifying the Kyoto Protocol because Paris is fairer.
“But the fight against climate change and all the research, innovation and technological progress it will begin will continue with or without the US.”
Strong trans-Atlantic ties are far more important and far more durable than the latest unfortunate decision of the new administration.
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He added: “However, strong trans-Atlantic ties are far more important and far more durable than the latest unfortunate decision of the new administration.
“Strong trans-Atlantic ties are still the best guarantee that the people and nations who advocate freedom and peaceful order will not be left helpless or alone.”
His reference to “innovation and technical progress” was a dig at Mr Trump’s claims that he is pulling the US out of the agreement because it will decimate the country’s economy.
The President has claimed the deal is “unfair” and will cost millions of US jobs whilst favouring emerging economies like India and China, something other Western leaders reject.
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During the same press conference the billionaire was also handed a boost by China in his diplomatic efforts to solve the North Korea issue, with Beijing suggesting it is ready to slap new sanctions on Kim Jong-Un.
Chinese prime minister Li Keqiang confirmed his country will support expanded economic measures against Pyongyang if they are agreed by the UN Security Council today.
He told reporters: “On the Korean nuclear issue China’s position is consistent. We are firmly committed to denuclearisation of the peninsula and opposed to nuclear tests and missile launches by North Korea.
“Peace and stability on the peninsula is important and ultimately the issue will be resolved through dialogue and negotiations China has always vigorously implemented security council resolutions.
“All the sanctions lists issued by the security council have been strictly complied with by China should the security council ask for new actions we will act accordingly.”