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Trump Calls the European Union a ‘Foe’: Look at ‘What They Do to Us in Trade’

President Donald Trump called the European Union a “foe” of the United States, citing trade issues.

CBS News’ Jeff Glor asked Trump who he considers his biggest foe or global competitor.

This is how the President answered:

“Well, I think we have a lot of foes. I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade. Now, you wouldn’t think of the European Union, but they’re a foe. Russia’s a foe in certain respects. China is a foe economically, certainly they are a foe. But that doesn’t mean they are bad. It doesn’t mean anything. It means that they are competitors. They want to do well and we want to do well, and we’re starting to do well.”

He segued to touting U.S. unemployment numbers before Glor circled back and said, “A lot of people might be surprised to hear you list the EU as a foe before China and Russia.”

“EU is very difficult,” Trump said, before adding “both of my parents were born in EU sectors.”

“I love those countries,” he continued. “I respect the leaders of 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.”

You can watch above, via CBS.

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