Trump ignorant of Europe, poses risk to relations: EU’s Juncker
BRUSSELS – Donald Trump’s election as US president poses risks for the relationship between the European Union and the United States, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Friday.
The shock winner of Tuesday’s US election was ignorant of the EU and its workings, Juncker told students at a conference in Luxembourg which can be viewed on the EU’s website.
“The election of Trump poses the risk of upsetting intercontinental relations in their foundation and in their structure,” said Juncker, who as head of the EU’s executive is one of Europe’s most powerful political figures.
His comments contrasted with the more diplomatic reactions of European leaders who have said they look forward to working with the next Republican president.
Juncker warned against the “pernicious” consequences of Trump’s statements on security policy. He also recalled a Trump statement in which he seemed to think that Belgium, the country that hosts the headquarters of the EU and NATO, was a city.
“We will need to teach the president-elect what Europe is and how it works,” Juncker said, adding that Americans usually had no interest in Europe.