Foreign Policy

EU Officials Don’t Know What Trump’s Real Position is, if He Even Has One

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The Trump regime and its various lieutenants have shared so many different perspective on the European Union (EU), union officials don't know what to believe.

According to Reuters, comments Trump made during an interview with the news agency were so unexpected, EU officials thought it was a "hoax."

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - When Donald Trump called the European Union "wonderful" and said he was "totally in favor of it", some Brussels officials feared the headline was a hoax, given the U.S. president's earlier apparent disdain for the bloc. [...]

In the Reuters interview, Trump delivered a conciliatory message. When asked if he supported the European Union as a governing body for the continent, he said: "I do, sure ... The EU, I'm totally in favor of it. I think it's wonderful, if they're happy. If they're happy, I'm in favor of it."

What we already know and what EU officials will soon learn if they haven't already (it looks like they have), is that you cannot rely on anything Trump says including this. The manner in which Trump answers questions often leaves you wondering if he even understood the question, and this is no exception.

By saying he's "happy" with the EU if Europeans are happy with it, he can just as easily declare that Europeans aren't happy with it and reverse his position. And he'll do that without a shred of evidence to back it up. He may do that without even understanding what it is he's saying.

Mike Pence told EU officials that they have the Trump regime's support, but Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon told German officials the EU is a failure and supports breaking it up.

Trump's words of support have led some officials to believe there are "traces of pragmatism in Washington" according to Reuters but, as I said, you can't assume Trump even understood the question.

  • Badgerite

    “They don’t know what trump’s position on the Eu is or even if he has one “.
    Oh, well. That’s just because Robert Mercer hasn’t told President Bannon to tell So Called President trump what that position is yet. I’m sure that Mercer and his various octopus tangle of money will get around to it eventually.

  • muselet

    “Pence 1, Bannon 0 – at the end of the first quarter,” one senior EU official said. “These statements clearly, explicitly, go against what Bannon has been saying,” said another.

    “We are starting to see traces of pragmatism in Washington,” a third senior EU foreign policy official said.

    “I think Pence was surprised by the strength of [European Council President Donald] Tusk’s questions and anxiety,” an EU official said of the earlier meeting between the two men. “He said he would take the message back to Trump. It sounds like Trump listened.”

    I think EU officials are whistling past the graveyard. As soon as Donald Trump talks to Steve Bannon, his opinion will shift again.

    –alopecia

  • Badgerite

    It’s weird that the Republicans are happy with this guy. As McConnell said, “he doesn’t know shit.” Well, no he doesn’t. It’s like someone told them they are “winning”. They don’t know what they “won”. But they “won”. So….consequences be damned.

  • Aynwrong

    He talks about the most important

  • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

    there are “traces of pragmatism in Washington”

    Well, of course there are.

    They just all happen to be non-partisan career employees or Democrats.

    Actually, no, I take that back. Lots of Red Shirts are very pragmatic. It’s just that their goals are self-serving.

    • Aynwrong

      The elected Red Shirts themselves may be pragmatic but that pragmatism can be rendered effectively useless when your voters are so reliably nuts.