The new United States administration and its declarations, Russia, China and radical Islam are the biggest external threats to the European Union, European Council President Donald Tusk said Tuesday.
"Particularly the change in Washington puts the European Union in a hard situation; with the new administration seeming to put into question the last 70 years of American foreign policy", Tusk added.
In a letter to 27 EU leaders before Friday's summit in Malta, EU President Donald Tusk mentioned the Trump administration as part of an external "threat" together with China, Russia, radical Islam, war and terror.
Most EU officials have been disconcerted by the remarks of the USA president, who has never served in a government or diplomatic post. "Armenpress" reports in a letter addressed to national leaders Tusk said that the current threats facing the European Union are most risky since the Rome Treaty.
EU leaders have become increasingly concerned by Trump's recent ban on migration from seven Muslim countries, plus comments in which he appeared to back Britain's exit from the EU and the eventual break-up of the union.
All 28 European Union leaders are scheduled to meet in Malta on Friday to discuss, among other things, the refugee crisis and Britain's exit from the bloc.
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U.S. President Donald Trump arrives for a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May (not in the picture) at the White House in Washington D.C., the United States, Jan. 27, 2017. He said that if this did not happen, separated European nations would become dependent on the US, China and Russian Federation.
But Tusk said in the letter that "only together can we be fully independent".
Europe should in the meantime seek to boost its own trade with the rest of the world even as the United States tightens its frontiers.
The Financial Times reported on Thursday that one of Trump's top trade advisers claimed that Germany was using a "grossly undervalued" euro to "exploit" the USA and its European Union partners.
All these threats, Tusk warned, are existential: Without courage, determination and political solidarity the EU will not survive, the president of the European Council said.
"We should remind today our American friends of their own motto: United we stand, divided we fall", he said.