EU Presidents welcome Trump electoral victory, push TTIP, call for EU-US Summit

10 Nov 2016 – MESOP – The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, and the President of the European Commission,  Jean-Claude Juncker, have published a joint statement to congratulate US President-Elect Donald Trump in the format of a letter addressed to the next US President. They together jointly call for continued cooperation and a championing of EU-US shared values, but also go deeper into issues such as terrorism, migration, and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. The EU leaders also called for an EU-US Summit at Trumps “earliest convenience”.

    Dear Mr. President-Elect,

    We extend our sincere congratulations on your election as the 45th President of the United States of America.

    The strategic partnership between the European Union and the United States is rooted in our shared values of freedom, human rights, democracy and a belief in the market economy. Over the years, the European Union and the United States have worked together to ensure peace and prosperity for our citizens and for people around the world.    Today, it is more important than ever to strengthen transatlantic relations. Only by cooperating closely can the EU and the US continue to make a difference when dealing with unprecedented challenges such as Da‘esh, the threats to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity , climate change and migration.

    Fortunately , the EU – US strategic partnership is broad and deep: from our joint efforts to enhance energy security and address climate change, through EU – US collaboration on facing threats to security in Europe’s Eastern and Southern neighbourhoods, and to the negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership – we should spare no effort to ensure that the ties that bind us remain strong and durable.

    We should consolidate the bridges we have been building across the Atlantic. Europeans trust that America, whose democratic ideals have always been a beacon of hope around the globe, will continue to invest in its partnerships with friends and allies, to help make our citizens and the people of the world more secure and more prosperous.

    We would take this opportunity to invite you to visit Europe for an EU – US Summit at your earliest convenience. This conversation would allow for us to chart the course of our relations for the next four years.

    [Signed, Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, and Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission]

European Parliament President, Martin Schulz, published his own statement on the Trump election, much more harshly worded. “Vitriol and polarisation have fuelled this electoral contest,” Schulz’ statement reads.

    Schulz on the result of the US presidential elections

    “The US electorate has spoken. The victory of Donald Trump is unequivocal and must be respected. I congratulate him and the Republican Party on their victory.    Mr Trump has managed to become the standard-bearer of the angst and fears of millions of Americans. Those concerns must now be addressed with credible policies and proposals.

    This campaign will not be remembered as America’s finest. Vitriol and polarisation have fuelled this electoral contest. President Trump will have the daunting task of bringing together a divided nation.    Most questions concerning the external outlook of the future Trump presidency are yet to be answered. From Syria to Iraq, from Ukraine to Libya, Trump’s role in diplomacy and deal-making will be tested from day-one and will require the right mix of responsibility, restraint and leadership. Global politics requires the continuous engagement of the US to make the world a better place to leave to our children. From the fight against global warming to its commitment to NATO, the world awaits and hopes for an outward-looking presidency aiming at shaping international relations and upholding the values of freedom and democracy.  The EU is the largest trading partner of the US. Together, our economies account for more than 40% of the entire world GDP and for nearly a third of world trade flows. Our partnership goes from the fight against terrorism to scientific and academic exchanges. EU-US relations are a key component of global stability. The EU is committed to maintain this relationship. We hope the same holds true for the future US President.”