In an interview with the CBS Evening News on Sunday, President Trump issued his strongest statement to date about the relationship between the United States and the European Union. After a visit to the UK, during which the president criticized British Prime Minister Theresa May for taking a soft approach to Brexit, Trump insisted that Americans were still being treated unfairly by the EU.
“I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade,” Trump said. “Now you wouldn’t think of the European Union, but they’re a foe.”
Trump’s words inspired another predictable round of nervous handwringing from European leaders and other Guardians of Globalism, and there were many pundits who had ever-so-wise things to say about Trump’s summit with Putin and all the nefarious insinuations therein. You know, our president the Russian puppet, and all that. The cognitive dissonance required to look at this president, who is standing up for U.S. interests in a way that few of his predecessors were ever willing to do, and conclude that HE is the one under the influence of a foreign regime…well, it’s stunning. “Irony” doesn’t even begin to describe it.
According to British Prime Minister Theresa May, Trump actually had harsher words for the EU behind closed doors than he’s had in public. While Trump acknowledged in a press conference last week that he’d pushed May to take a “brutal” approach to the EU, he remained circumspect about the details.
“I could fully understand why she thought it was a little bit tough,” Trump said of his advice. “And maybe someday she’ll do that. If they don’t make the right deal, she might very well do what I suggested that she might want to do.”
But what did he suggest?
May says that the president proposed that she file a lawsuit.
“He told me I should sue the EU, not go into negotiations,” she told the BBC. “Actually no, we’re going into negotiations with them.”
The problem for May is that Trump is closer to the heart of this issue than she is, and it could cost her control of the Parliament. World leaders are still stumped trying to figure Trump out, and it’s very easy to understand why: No one is used to a politician who actually has the courage of his convictions. Once EU leaders and the governments of our other allies get it through their heads that Trump is NOT KIDDING when he says “America First,” we predict that it will be smooth sailing from there on out.
It just seems it’s going to take a little bit longer for them to figure it out.