Trump meets European Union chiefs in Brussels

TAORMINA, Italy European Council President Donald Tusk said on Friday he was "positively surprised" by Donald Trump's support for the EU as it manages Britain's departure, adding the USA president had agreed Brexit was just "an incident and not a threat".

On the fourth part of an overseas trip for Trump, which has already seen him make visits to the likes of Saudi Arabia and Israel, the Republican met with European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker to discuss a variety of issues.

Trump previously described the U.K.'s decision to leave the European Union as a "beautiful, attractive thing" and lauded his own election victory last November as "Brexit plus, plus, plus".

Just Thursday evening, Cohn had said the United States did not yet "have a position" on the issue.

On the other hand, certain topics, like counter-terrorism, went down smoothly; others, like climate and trade, were less settled.

Trump was in Brussels for his first North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting - hotly anticipated by other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members, given the USA president's threats to withdraw from the alliance if other members did not increase their defense spending to meet the recommended two percent of GDP. "Values and principles first, this is what we Europe and America should be saying".

But the European capitals that have been shaken by Trump's doubts may soon find a degree of reassurance.

Trump has regularly criticised the European Union as well as membership of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, which was also part of the discussions.

The president has voiced criticism of other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries for spending less on defence than an agreed 2% of national output. President Trump was also very tough regarding North Korea.

"France itself knows what it is like to suffer from terrorist attacks". Before meeting the European Union leaders, Erdoğan has met with the new French president Emmanuel Macron.

Though they possess contrasting styles and differing worldviews, the two men agreed on a shared message - the need for peace - during their meeting, exchanging gifts and a few smiles.


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