European Union leaders to forge united front on Trump

Mr Tusk famously said before the 2016 US election that'one Donald in international politics is enough

Mr. Tusk called on the European leaders of the countries that signed the agreement - like Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain, Ms. Merkel and President Emmanuel Macron of France, who tried but failed to talk Mr. Trump into not scrapping the deal - to reconfirm their commitment to the accord.

Mr Tusk said: "Besides 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".

"Looking at the latest decisions of Donald Trump, someone could even think: with friends like that who needs enemies". "Following last week's announcement of the United States withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran, we need a united European front", he wrote.

It was clear, Mr Tusk suggested, that Washington could no longer be relied upon.

The EU's 28 leaders are due to discuss two challenges that Trump has confronted them with: his decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, and the USA threat to impose tariffs on metal imports.

Theresa May, Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel have resolved to stick with the joint comprehensive plan of action with Iran, despite the threats of USA sanctions against European businesses.

US President Donald Trump has placed import duties of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminium on grounds of national security, but has temporarily exempted European Union producers until June 1, depending on the outcome of talks. This is the only real alternative. To put it simply: either we are together, or we will not be at all. "But, frankly speaking, Europe should be grateful by President Trump". He has made us realize that if you need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of your arm.

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He added: "Europe must do everything in its power to protect, in spit of today's mood, the transatlantic bond, but at the same time we must be prepared for those scenarios where we have to act on our own". "The deal is good for European and global security, which is why we must maintain it", he said.

The options being discussed include new credit lines for Iran, increased energy cooperation and the use of EU laws to block European companies from caving in to USA sanctions.

In remarkably frank terms, European Union commission President Donald Tusk squared off against US President Donald Trump in Sofia on Tuesday. Trump says the tariffs are needed for national security reasons.

This move sparked discontent among the key United States trading partners, especially the EU.

"We knew that there was a great risk, that this decision to move moving the embassy would bring less security, bring tragedies, and sadly we were right", he said.

In dinner talks in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia, EU leaders will be briefed on possible incentives to keep Tehran in the nuclear agreement, even after a key player like the US pulled out.

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