That’s the first thing Donald Trump said when Jeff Glor of the “CBS Evening News” asked him to identify America’s “biggest foe globally right now.”
But Trump didn’t stop at the European Union.
“Russia is foe in certain respects,” he said. “China is a foe economically, certainly they are a foe. But that doesn’t mean they are bad. It doesn’t mean anything. It means that they are competitive.”
While he says he respects the leaders of those countries, he repeated his mantra that they’ve been taking advantage of the US for a long time.
His comments follow months of Trump jabs aimed at longtime US allies over trade policies. Earlier this year, his administration implemented costly tariffs on imports from the EU, which drew retaliatory measures.
And what did the president of the European Union have to say in response? “America and the EU are best friends. Whoever says we are foes is spreading fake news”, tweeted in response President of the European Council, Donald Tusk.
As for Putin, Trump says he has “low expectations” for Monday’s summit. “Nothing bad is going to come out of it, and maybe some good will come out,” he said.