Donald Trump 'HATED' the EU – Ex-POTUS backed Brexit as he wanted to see bloc crumble

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Donald Trump 'HATED' the EU – Ex-POTUS backed Brexit as he wanted to see bloc crumble

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The former US President experienced a rollercoaster relationship with the UK, sparking a furious backlash from politicians and millions of Britons alike during planned visits to the country. He was an outspoken supporter of Brexit but famously launched a scathing attack against former Prime Minister Theresa May over her handling of guiding the UK out of the EU. But Mr Trump experienced a much healthier relationship with her replacement Boris Johnson, often praising the Prime Minister and occasionally suggesting a lucrative post-Brexit trade deal between the UK and US could be imminent.

However, the same can’t be said for his relationship with the EU, with the former US President often at loggerheads with European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen and prominent EU figureheads such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Mr Trump was often highly critical of the EU, which he once accused of trying to undermine the US by operating as a single trading bloc in what escalated into a full-scale trade war.

In 2018, he told CBS News in the US: “Well, I think we have a lot of foes.

“I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade.”

Now Italian politician Marta Dassù, who served as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs under the Government of Mario Monti from 2011 to 2014, has claimed Mr Trump “hated” the EU, with his support of Brexit pointing to his wish for the bloc to be destroyed.

She said: “Former President Donald Trump hated the European Union, so he strongly supported Brexit as a first step towards European disintegration.”

But Ms Dassù added new US President Joe Biden, who has spoken out against Brexit and has left a trade deal with the UK up in the air, “starts from a very different position and has no preconception towards the EU”.

This week the online conference entitled: ‘The West, Biden’s America and relations between the US and Europe’, organised by Europa Atlantica, Riformismo e Libertà, and Formiche, highlighted the hugely important role Italy’s new Prime Minister Mario Draghi will have in future relations between the US and EU.

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It is hoped a fresh start between the two sides is now on the horizon, particularly with Mr Biden taking his seat in the White House.

Fabrizio Cicchitto, president of Riformismo e Libertà, said: “In Europe, Draghi will have a lot to say, both with respect to a review of various issues (I am thinking of the fiscal compact) and with respect to a reinterpretation of strategic relationships.

“I believe a relationship will be re-established between the United States and Europe, a continent that is now being slapped and attacked by Russia and China.

“I hope that, with France and Germany, Italy can have a significant and eminent position, given the prestige of its prime minister and the fact that it has a government that is representative of all political forces.”

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Earlier on Wednesday, Mr Draghi sent a stern message to eurosceptics in Italy by pledging his loyalty to an “ever more integrated EU”.

In his first speech to Parliament as Italian Prime Minister, the former European Central Bank (ECB) President showed his allegiance to the EU and urged those who will support his Government to accept the “irreversibility” of the decision to join the eurozone.

He said: “Supporting this government means sharing the irreversibility of the choice of the euro.

“It means sharing the perspective of an increasingly integrated European Union that will deliver a common public budget capable of supporting countries in times of recession.

“The nation-states remain the reference of our citizens but in the areas defined by their weakness they surrender national sovereignty to acquire shared sovereignty.”

Mr Draghi’s comments came after League leader Matteo Salvini said on Tuesday “only death is irreversible” after he was challenged on the new Prime Minister’s warning in 2018 that Italy would never leave the eurozone.

During his leadership of the ECB, Mr Draghi had claimed the euro was “irreversible”, insisting more people throughout the world wanted to join the eurozone and its successful monetary union.

Additional reporting by Maria Ortega.



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