US president Donald Trump has once again accused the European Union of taking advantage of America in trade, saying the era of “global freeloading” of the United States is over, escalating tensions with Washington’s long-standing allies.
“We love the countries of the European Union. But the European Union, of course, was set up to take advantage of the United States,” Trump said Wednesday at a rally in the state of North Dakota. “And you know what, we can’t let that happen.”
“The era of global freeloading and taking advantage of the United States is over,” Trump said.
Trump repeated his claims that Brussels is cheating Washington on trade, saying the US lost over $150 billion on trade with the EU last year.
“We had a trade deficit…because they send the Mercedes in, they send the BMWs in, they send their products in [and when] we sent things to them, they say ‘No, thank you, we don’t take your product,” Trump said….