The 69-year-old, who was described as having “the charisma of a damp rag and the appearance of a low grade bank clerk” by Nigel Farage, told Belgian current affairs programme Terzake the relationship between Prime Minister Theresa May and the US President was “quite sad” because Mr Trump was “so offensive to the EU”.
In a swipe at the UK, Mr Van Rompuy, who was head of the council between 2009 and 2014, said: “No one, except for some people in the UK, really believes that anyone will benefit from Brexit.”
The former Prime Minister of Belgium, also stated it was “unworthy” of the UK to invite Mr Trump for a state visit.
Former European Council President Herman Van Rompuy
Mr Rompuy said: “The US might be the most apparent one [allies], but it’s unworthy to invite a controversial President immediately.
“The UK is looking for a replacement for the EU, but nothing can replace it.”
He continued: “My opinions about Trump have not been revised since the campaign.
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"What matters is not only what one does, but also what they say and how to relate to other people.
“The tone during the campaign was of contempt for opponents, envy, hatred, insults, had me shocked then, and what has happened in the last few days even more.
"When Barack Obama was still President, and we talked about foreign policy, he often said, it's really boring, because we are agree on everything.
Prime Minister Theresa May leaves for PMQs in the Commons
"But if one American administration should now say: we disagree on Russia, we disagree on China, we differ on free trade, we disagree on NATO.
“One wonders where we indeed have shared values and have shared interests. That has never, never happened. "
Mr Rompuy said the EU should hold off a push to promote European unity until after both the French and German elections were over, saying the time was not “ripe for a major initiative”.
US President Donald Trump speaking yesterday
Although he considered such a move was necessary to meet the concerns of the EU citizens whom wanted “an open society, an open economy and an open democracy” he said it required more protection.
He added: “Protection against unemployment, precarious employment, fighting against illegal migration, terrorism and against all forms of dumping.”