EU invites Trump to discuss trade deals at summit, warns against ‘isolation’



The EU‘s top leaders today invited US President-elect Donald Trump to a summit as soon as possible as they warned of uncertainty in relations and a need to respect democratic values.

“I do not believe that any country today can be great in isolation,” European Council chief Donald Tusk told reporters in Brussels, referring to Trump’s campaign slogan of “Make America Great Again”.

“Europe and the United States simply have no option but to cooperate as closely as possible.”

Tusk and European Commission boss Jean-Claude Juncker said in a letter that they wanted to discuss “unprecedented challenges” including the Islamic State jihadist group, the conflict in Ukraine, and a troubled EU-US trade deal under negotiation.

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