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Trump calls European Union a US ‘foe,’ citing trade disputes

President Donald Trump (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

President Donald Trump said the European Union is a “foe” of the U.S. in an interview after a contentious meeting last week with NATO allies.

Asked to name the U.S.’s “biggest foe globally” in an interview conducted Saturday and aired Sunday on CBS, Trump turned first to the EU, saying, “We have a lot of foes.”

“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 also listed Russia as a “foe in certain respects” and China as “a foe economically.”

Pressed on describing the EU as a U.S. foe, Trump said “I love those countries” but “in a trade sense, they’ve really taken advantage of us and many of those countries are in NATO and they weren’t paying their bills.”

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