'With friends like Trump, who needs enemies'

EU's Donald Tusk about Donald Trump: “With friends like these, who needs enemies?”

SOFIA, Bulgaria - European Union Council President Donald Tusk on Wednesday derided the actions of the United States under President Trump as "capricious", noting: "Someone could even think 'with friends like that, who needs enemies?'".

"The real geopolitical problem is not when you have an unpredictable opponent or enemy, the problem is if your closest friend is unpredictable".

North Korea has termed the US's acts as "one-sided" and made it clear that it couldn't be pressured in the name of pro-peace talks.

He said the latest decisions by Trump are counter-productive. The UN sanctions against Iran have already been lifted, however, and the European Union willingness to maintain the deal means that Washington will not be able to impose them again. "We will continue with our normal and transparent practical cooperation with Iran on the basis of not violating our global obligations", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said in a regular press briefing on May 9. The bloc would also discuss WTO-compatible ways to improve reciprocal market access for industrial products including cars to avoid a trade war.

"We won't start a strategic trade war against the U.S. about Iran", he said on arriving for a second day of a European Union summit in Bulgaria.

EC will maintain its cooperation with Iran while the US Treasury Department has recently announced to European companies that they have been given a six-month deadline to end their investment in Iran.

Ethiopia, Egypt, Sudan agree to dam filling studies
According to Egyptian local media, the country depends on water from the Nile water for drinking and irrigation purposes. Ethiopia has stressed that it does not intend to harm Egypt, and "that Egypt's share [of water] will not be affected".

The summit's final declaration reaffirmed "its unequivocal support for the European perspective of the western Balkans", a formula understood to mean "enlargement" but coyly refusing to say it. Tusk was, however, pulling no punches - while no dates could be given, their meeting was "no substitute for enlargement, but about a way to use the time between today and tomorrow wisely".

European powers share Trump's concerns about shortcomings in the deal but view it as the best way to prevent Tehran from obtaining an atomic weapon.

The EU leaders were also due to discuss the deaths of dozens of Palestinians in Gaza after Trump moved the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, in another move that the Europeans had strongly opposed, but there were no details on that discussion.

"Which company is going to risk access to the United States market, which is 100 times larger", Ardavan Amir-Alsani, a Paris-based lawyer who specialises in Iran, said in an interview. "That's the task for the future".

"We must never take these long-held allies for granted", he told to graduates of the Virginia Military Institute, in an apparent reference to Trump overruling the advice of his former top diplomat and others over Iran and threatening import tariffs.

"Beside traditional political challenges such as the rise of China or the aggressive stance of Russian Federation, we are witnessing today a new phenomenon: the capricious assertiveness of the American administration", Tusk told reporters. But Trump has also lambasted his European peers by not spending enough on defence, raising doubts among many in Europe about his commitment to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the broader European security.

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