Trump calls the European Union a foe of the United States


President Donald Trump called the European Union a "foe" of the United States in an interview that aired Sunday.

"I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us on trade", Trump said when asked by CBS News' Jeff Glor who he thought the country's biggest competitor is.

He added: "You wouldn't think of the European Union, but they're a foe".

Asked who he considers to be the biggest foes of the United States, Trump cited the European Union and its trade practices before mentioning Russian Federation and China - a fact the reporter doing the interview immediately noticed.

When CBS News host Jeff Glor asked him to identify his "biggest foe globally right now", Trump said the European Union, as well as Russian Federation "in certain respects" and China "economically".

"China is a foe economically, certainly they are a foe", he told CBS.

"It doesn't mean anything", he continued.

"That doesn't mean they are bad".

Mr Trump repeated his previous assertion that the European Union has "really taken advantage of us on trade".

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"Nevertheless, Germany owes vast sums of money to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany", Trump said in a two-tweet statement after meeting with Merkel for the first time in March 2017.

Asked before his trip to last week's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit if Russian President Vladimir Putin is a friend or foe, Trump told reporters, "I really can't say right now".

"No, I look at them all", Trump responded.

In fact, Trump's father was born in New York City.

He later gave an interview to British tabloid The Sun where he publically criticized British Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit negotiation strategy as she hosted him. And, you know, I love those countries.

John Bolton, Trump's national security adviser, said in an interview with ABC's "This Week" that the United States would not be looking for "deliverables" and that the meeting would be "unstructured", beginning with a one-on-one session between the two leaders. His grandfather Frederick Trump was born in Germany. Trump arrived in Helsinki on Sunday evening after spending the day playing golf at his private club in Scotland. "I want to tell you".

During last week's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, Trump repeatedly criticized other member countries for failing to spend more on defence, and openly questioned the alliance's goal. "Because it's like, what, are they waving a white flag?"

Trump is due to meet with Putin in Helsinki for a summit on Monday.