BRUSSELS U.S. Vice President Mike Pence explained to senior European Union officers in Brussels on Monday that the Trump administration was hunting at approaches to “deepen our partnership” with the EU.
President Donald Trump alarmed EU leaders by endorsing Britain’s decision to go away the bloc and by suggesting very last month that other states could adhere to. Pence invested the weekend in Germany trying to find to reassure Europeans that Trump was dedicated to the NATO protection pact, but still left some unconvinced.
Talking to EU overseas policy main Federica Mogherini ahead of conferences with the heads of the European Council, European Fee and NATO, Pence mentioned he was “really grateful to have the option to take a look at with you and investigate approaches that we can deepen our partnership with the European Union”.
He met Mogherini at the U.S. mission to the EU. The very last U.S. ambassador, who was dismissed by Trump as he took workplace, warned the new administration from reversing decades of postwar U.S. encouragement of European integration and mentioned supporting Brexit was “the top of folly”.
Mogherini explained to Pence that Europeans and the United States had a lot to get the job done on and that discussions ended up now less than way.
(Reporting by Roberta Rampton, composing by Alastair Macdonald modifying by Philip Blenkinsop)