President Trump joined hands with Vladimir Putin in slamming the European Union, describing the political organization as a “foe” on trade formed to take advantage of the United States, according to Newsweek.
European Commission vice-president Jyrki Katainen claimed Putin and Trump are both working to weaken the European Union (EU).
“We are [for the] first time in the history in a situation where the president of the United States and [the] president of Russia seem to share the same view on Europe: the weaker, the better, because they think that it’s better for their own country, which is obviously not right,” added Katainen, who is also the former prime minister of Finland, ahead of this weekend’s European parliament elections.
The accusations may not be entirely unfounded. The administration previously lowered the status of the EU from nation-state to international organization without the knowledge of European officials.
The president has long pushed for nationalism and denounced multilateral organizations, which he says are detrimental to the interests of the U.S. “Nobody treats us much worse than the European Union,” he said last year.