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Monday, May 21, 2018

Europeans Invoke ‘Blocking Statute’ To Preserve Iran Deal

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Trump’s decision to violate the Iran nuclear deal is prompting the European Union to take action in direct rebuke of America. The EU will invoke a rarely-used trade law which would circumvent sanctions on Iran and try to salvage relations.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said the group plans to invoke a blocking statute. The effect of the statute would be to ban European companies from complying with U.S. sanctions on Iran.

Iran has successfully complied with international inspections of nuclear facilities. Yet Trump, desperate to undo the accomplishments of President Obama, plans to reinstate the sanctions that were lifted in exchange for Iran halting nuclear production.…

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EU Official On Trump: ‘With Friends Like This’

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Under Trump, the United States has become more of an enemy of the European Union than an ally. That’s the frank assessment of Donald Tusk, one of the EU’s top officials.

Tusk, the European Council president and a former prime minister of Poland, characterized the recent diplomatic bumbling by the Trump administration in no uncertain terms.

“Looking at latest decisions of @realDonaldTrump someone could even think: with friends like that who needs enemies,” he tweeted. “Thanks to him we got rid of all illusions. We realize that if you need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of your arm.”

The European Council represents the heads of state of the European Union.…

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#EndorseThis: Trevor Noah Is Mad Macron, Toddler Trump In Epic State Visit Recap

French President Emmanuel Macron is catching heat for buttering up to President Trump. By the time the pair shared a state dinner at the White House on Tuesday, TV cameras and stand-up comedians were catching every smooch, embrace and hand-clasp in the awkward “bromance.”

Trevor Noah senses something deeper, arguing that France has become like a sober bar patron trying to give a very wasted America a taxi ride. Macron is drawing on his past life as an investment banker to stroke Trump into doing his bidding. Noah drives the point home with footage of the En Marche! party leader pretending to be wowed by 45’s old-fashioned office phone.…

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