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When Donald II (Tusk) reminds Donald I (Trump) of some truths

(B2) The President of the European Council, the Pole Donald Tusk, decided this Tuesday (July 10) to plant a few banners in the impetuosity of American President Donald Trump, his regular rantings broadcast through tweets. Three little bites as a reminder of reality

A superb wink at the camera under the knowing smile of Jens Stoltenberg who says nothing but shares (without saying it) a good part of the European's speech (credit: Council of the EU (Tv stream) – selection B2)

The message given by the President of the European Council on the occasion of a new declaration of love between NATO and the EU (read: A notary statement on EU-NATO cooperation) was not so much about the NATO summit taking place in Brussels these days, but the 'real' summit, the one to be held between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, in Helsinki on July 16. A meeting which greatly worries certain European leaders, especially in the East of the continent. This rather short text deserves to be known because it is, in my opinion, the first European response to the various c… of the American president.

First reminder: You have no more reliable ally than Europe... you don't really have any other ally

« Dear President Trump: America does not have, and will not have, a better ally than Europe. Today, Europeans spend much more on defense than Russia and as much as China. And I think you cannot doubt, Mr. President, that this is an investment in the common defense and security of the United States and Europe. What cannot be said with confidence about Russian or Chinese spending. » And tack… « Dear America, appreciate your allies, after all, you don't have that many. » And retac… « Money is important, but authentic solidarity is even more important. » And pan

Second reminder: America is not alone, Europe was there on September 11 and paid the price of blood in Afghanistan

« Speaking of solidarity, I would like to dispel the argument of the American president who says that the United States alone protects Europe from our enemies, and that the United States is almost alone in this fight. » The proof : " LEurope was the first to respond on a large scale when the United States was attacked and called for solidarity after 11/XNUMX. European soldiers fought side by side with American soldiers in Afghanistan. 870 brave European men and women sacrificed their lives, including 40 soldiers from my native Poland ».

Third reminder: Where is the friend, where is the problem!

And the former Polish Prime Minister concluded with a plea and an appeal to reason. “ Mr President [Trump] remember this tomorrow, when we meet at the NATO summit, but especially when you meet President Putin in Helsinki. It's always worth knowing: who is your strategic friend? And what is your strategic problem? ».

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

Download the discourse by Donald Tusk (in English) – translated by us

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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