Gianni Pittella warned Theresa may to stay away from Donald Trump
Gianni Pittella, leader of the Party of European Socialists (PES), pleaded with Britain "not to help this project" by cosying up to the President.
And he claimed continuing with the UK’s ‘special relationship’ would be "a disaster" for the country as it prepared to enter Brexit negotiations.
Speaking to Sky News, Mr Pittella said: "Trump is showing himself what he really is, a president promoting the isolation of the United States, who wants to destroy the EU.
"The EU is the most successful example of transitional democracy and he is trying to use the UK as Trojan horse."
Gianni Pittella claimed Trump would be "a disaster" for the UK
Theresa May was the first foreign leader to visit Trump
European leaders have grown increasingly more concerned about Britain’s relationship with the Trump administration, after the PM became the first foreign leader to visit Washington for an official meeting.
Speaking about Theresa May and the Queen after it was announced a state visit is "months away", Mr Pittella said: "I wish they will say to Donald Trump what you are committing are mistakes."
And he blasted Mrs May for making a "very big mistake" by getting close to Donald Trump, saying he is endangering worldwide democracy.
The comments come a week after a former French ambassador to the US declared Mr Trump is “not interested” in maintaining close relations with the European Union.
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Trump is showing himself what he really is, a president promoting the isolation of the United States, who wants to destroy the EU.
François Bujon de l'Estang said the Republican’s pledge to put America first has forever shifted the political status quo as Mr Trump was more interested in forging close ties with post Brexit Britain.
He said: “Mr Trump has hailed Britain’s decision to leave the EU as a ‘great victory’ and has made it clear that Britain is more important to him than Brussels.
“He doesn’t care about what’s happening in Europe. He wants to ‘put America first’.”
Mr Pittella pleaded with Britain "not to help this project"
But Mr Pittella also attacked Chancellor Philip Hammond's suggestion Britain could cut taxes and regulations to compete against the EU post-Brexit.
He said: "As far as the European Union is concerned this is not the real danger, our economic policy needs a direction of growth and jobs creation.
"We are not afraid of the UK threats but we don't think approach is useful to UK and economy."