Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament’s chief Brexit negotiator, has spoken at length about his unwavering support for the political project has repeatedly slammed Britain for its decision to leave the bloc after last June’s historic referendum.
He told ITN: “Trump was openly bidding of a disintegration of the European Union.
“Openly saying, Brexit is not the last one – other countries will follow and that is absolutely not in your interest or not in the American interest.
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Openly saying, Brexit is not the last one – other countries will follow is absolutely not in your interest
“How can America become great again with a weak, disintegrating European ally. That is not possible, you always need two legs to walk, and that is also the case for President Trump.
“He needs an American leg but he also needs a European leg, a European ally. I am pleased that the bust of Winston Churchill is again in the Oval Office because maybe Churchill can whisper in the ear of President Trump that he thinks a strong Europe is absolutely key.”
During a joint press conference during Theresa May’s visit to the White House, President Trump attacked the EU, accusing the bloc of being a slow-moving and over-bureaucratic body that stifles trade.
The America said Brexit was a “sign of things to come” and “Brexit is going to be a wonderful thing for Britain”.
He added: “You will have your own identity and you will be able to negotiate your own trade deals. Getting approvals from the group of European nations the consortium as I called it, was very, very tough.”
President Trump has come under widespread international criticism after imposing travel restrictions on visitors to America from several predominantly Muslim nations.
The American’s executive order on immigration bars citizens from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Libya, Somalia and Sudan from entering the United States for the next 90 days and suspends the admission of all refugees for 120 days.
Responding to a question about the ban of refugees, Mr Verhofstadt said the President Trump’s views and policies came from populist movements in Europe.
The Belgian continued: “Populism by Trump is more influenced by our population than the opposite. It’s the opposite of what people thing – it’s from here first and it went over the Atlantic.
“I have just come back from the US and my view is that we have a third front that is undermining the EU… and that is Donald Trump.”
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Mr Verhofstadt moved on to attack President Trump’s nationalist views, suggesting that Europe had already fought in world wars to defeat nationalism on the Continent and suggesting that European leaders would be “stupid” to follow his example.
The Brussels politician concluded: “Twenty million people have died because of nationalism in Europe. There is not one family living on the continent and certainly also not in Britain who has no grandfather, grandmother, who was not a victim of these stupidities, these atrocities at the end of the 19th and the whole 20th century.
“Putting your future organisation of Europe on nationalist ideas is the most stupid thing you can do. It’s playing with fire knowing hat it has created in the past.”