Federica Mogherini speaks about EU and America's relations while visiting the Trump administration
According to Ms Mogherini differing views on foreign aid and diplomacy meant Europe’s approach to the United States may change, but she believes there is still a “common interest to work together” over matters of security and economic issues.
Ms Mogherini said: “We have entered in a different phase of the relation of Europe and the United States, that’s quite clear.
When asked during the CNN interview about how the EU will respond to Trumps’s slashing of the foreign aid and diplomacy budgets, Ms Mogherini said it was something she was now discussing with his administration.
Ms Mogherini said she was speaking to her counterparts in Washington over Trump's budget slashes
She said: “This is one of the messages I am bringing here in Washington. If the United States are going to cut their budget for aid – being it humanitarian aid, development aid or peacekeeping operations in the world – this is going to effect the very same security of Americans at home.
“When we invest in stabilising a country or managing major human crisis even far away, we are working on the prevention of major conflict or radicalisation or major refugee or migrant flows.
“So when the Americans and the Europeans invest in humanitarian or development or peacekeeping they do also invest in their own security and stability of their own countries.
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We do have, I do think, a common ground on many things… there are also things in which we have different views
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“I believe that our people here in Washington, that understand perfectly well.
“Then how to reconcile different messages or different policies inside the US system is not for me to sort it out it is more for them to do it.”
Her comments come after EU Council president Donald Tusk said nobody could “pretend that everything is as it used to be” following months of verbal attacks from the Trump administration earlier this year.
But the Italian diplomat believes a lot of aspects of EU and America relations will still remain the same.
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She said: “We do have, I do think, a common ground on many things. Starting with the economy, 80 per cent of foreign investments in the United States come from the European Union. Millions of jobs in the United States depend on the economic relations with the European Union.
“And the European Union is, and will continue to be even after Brexit, the largest single market in the planet also for American business.
“From the economy to security, to the big work we’re doing to stabilise places in the Middle East and in Africa, there is a common interest to work together.
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“There are also things in which we have different views.”
“The meeting I had with Vice President Pence when he was formerly visiting… the message I heard privately and public from him was that of a big investment from the US administration in deepening co-operation with the European Union.”
Mr Pence during a visit to Brussels previously said he shared the same opinions of Mr Tusk on three key matters including international order, security and the attitude of the new American administration towards the EU.
He added: “It is my privilege on behalf of President Trump to express the strong commitment of the US to continue cooperation and partnership with the EU.”