European Union chief fires back at Trump for declaring the European Union an enemy

"Received many calls from leaders of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries thanking me for helping to bring them together and to get them focused on financial obligations, both present & future", Trump wrote early Monday morning.

President Donald Trump named the European Union, Russia and China as foes to the United States during an interview at his golf club in Scotland.

In an interview with CBS News that aired Sunday, anchor Jeff Glor asked Trump to name the U.S.'s "biggest foe globally right now".

Trump downplayed the significance of these declarations, saying it "doesn't mean anything" to be a foe except to acknowledge that they "are competitive".

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"Russia is foe in certain respects".

"It is a new reality, and you have to look past both spelling and factual mistakes and take Trump serious when he barrels forward with his Twitter", Samuelsen said, according to Politico. "They want to do well and we want to do well", he added.

"Well, I think we have a lot of foes. I respect the leaders of those countries", Trump said.

The European Union, which a year ago had a $151 billion trade surplus with the United States, is engaged in a contentious dispute over import tariffs with the United States, imposing higher levies on such iconic USA products as bourbon, jeans and motorcycles after Trump boosted US tariffs on aluminum and steel imports from Europe. During Sunday's comment, he said the Germans are "waving a white flag" in buying energy from Russian Federation. "You're supposed to be fighting for someone and then that someone gives billions of dollars to the one you're, you know, guarding against?" Trump will take part in a one-on-one summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, on Monday.

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