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Donald Trump Meets EU Leaders in Brussels

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The speeches were delivered at the new NATO building in Brussels. (Photo taken from http://www.tijd.be)

During the meeting Donald Trump was urged not to abandon the Paris Protocol against climate change, a request that was also made by Pope Francis

The European Union (EU) and the United States have aired differences over Russia, international trade and climate change, the European Council reported today after a meeting between EU leaders and US President Donald Trump.

‘I am not sure 100 percent that we can say today that we have a common position on Russia,’ the European Council President Donald Tusk said at the end of the meeting.

Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker, European Commission President urged Donald Trump not to abandon the Paris Protocol against climate change, a request that was also made by Pope Francis at a recent meeting with the US president.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stated yesterday that Donald Trump ‘has not yet made a final decision on the US involvement in such an agreement and that he will study the dossier when he goes back to Washington.’

The president of the European Council also told Trump that the biggest challenge ‘is the strengthening of a free world based on values – human rights, freedom and human dignity – and not on interests only.’

On the other hand, there were differences about trade, an issue that was left open, according to Tusk.

On the UK’s exit from the EU, Brexit, the United States expressed its concern about the possible job-easing in its territory, even though Donald Trump was previously in favor of the UK exit from Brussels. As it was announced, the leaders also spoke about foreign policy and security.

 

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