Ahead of a G20 meeting in Japan, Donald Trump launched a scathing attack on Europe, saying it “treats us worse than China” and that EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager “hates the United States perhaps worse than any person Ive ever met.”
Speaking to Fox on Wednesday, the U.S. president said that “European nations were set up to take advantage of the United States. They have worse trade barriers than China.”
Trumps talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping are expected to dominate the upcoming G20 summit in Osaka, with the two leaders expected to meet on Saturday. And Trump signaled that he was in more of a mood for rapprochement with Beijing than Brussels.
Trump described European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker as “a fantastic gentleman, a fantastic businessperson, extremely tough.” But he was much less kind to Vestager, a key member of Junckers team, who has taken on landmark cases involving Google and Apple.
“You have a woman in Europe, I wont mention her name, shes actually considered to take Jean-Claudes place … she hates the United States perhaps worse than any person Ive ever met. What she does to our country. Shes suing all our companies. We should be suing Google and Facebook, and perhaps we will.”
Europe, he said, makes it “almost impossible to do two-way business,” adding that “Europe treats us worse than China.”
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