Federica Mogherini has told Donald Trump not to interfere with EU politics
In a pointed reference to Mr Trump’s “America First” stance, the feisty EU foreign policy chief advised the new White House administration “deal with America first”.Speaking during a two-day visit to Washington, Ms Mogherini said she heard voices in Washington “saying the European Union is not necessarily a good idea”.
She said: "They are inviting us to dismantle what we have managed to build and which has brought us not only peace, but also economic strength.
"It’s not for me or another European to speak about domestic political choices or decisions in the US. The same goes with Europe – no interference.
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EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini
Maybe America First means also that you have to deal with America first
"Maybe America first means also that you have to deal with America first.
"The strength of the EU and the unity of the EU I believe is more evident today than it was a few months ago. This has to be clearly understood here.
"This also means respect for the EU not simply as an institution. It is a union of 28 member states."
Brussels is growing increasingly uneasy about Mr Trump’s attitude towards the EU.
European Council chief Donald Tusk has described the new US administration and its “worrying declarations” as a leading global threat to the EU.
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US President Donald Trump has been openly critical of the EU
Mr Trump has been openly critical of the bloc, deriding it as German-dominated and on the brink of collapse and going out of his way to praise Brexit.
And Ted Malloch, tipped to be Mr Trump’s nominee as ambassador to the EU, has previously accused Europe of “blatant anti-Americanism”.
He said: “President Trump believes that dealing bilaterally with different European countries is in US interests, that we could have a stronger relationship with the countries individually.”
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But Ms Mogherini has expressed cautious optimism that Brussels and the new administration in Washington could learn to cooperate on a case-by-case basis.
She said: “We believe we are probably entering a time of a more pragmatic and transactional kind of relationship with the United States.”
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