THE EUROPEAN UNION’S most senior official for foreign affairs has laid down an outlandish threat to Donald Trump.
The President is at the center of a political storm after he signed an executive order restricting entry into the US for nationals from seven Muslim-majority country for 90 days.
Many world leaders have criticized the White House, with many branding the move “unconstitutional”.
Federica Mogherini has issued her own statement condemning Mr Trump, with the 43-year-old Italian pledging continued EU support for Syrian refugees.
She said: “This is not the European Way. The EU will continue to take care and host Syrian refugees and others who are fleeing from war.”
She described the decision to aid Syrians and help construct schools at refugee camps in Lebanon as an “investment” in both their lives and the EU’s own security.
“Every single day a Syrian child is out of school exposes them to a future which is not a future of commitment and engagement,” Ms Mogherini.
In a clear message to President Trump, who has made little secret of his disdain for the EU, Ms Mogherini warned against those who wish to build walls rather than bridges.
She said: “In Europe we have a history that has told that every time one invests in divisions and walls you might end up being in a prison if you build all walls around you.
“We have a history and a tradition that we celebrate when walls are brought down and bridges are built.”
Ms Mogherini vowed the EU would continue to work with the Middle East and criticised Mr Trump for targeting certain religions since he came to office.
Her comments followed closely on from Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament’s chief Brexit negotiator, who has described Mr Trump a threat to the EU.
Speaking in London, Mr Verhofstadt said there were three outside forces threatening Brussels.
Along with Vladimir Putin and radical Islam he added: “I have just come back from the US and my view is that we have a third front that is undermining the EU… and that is Donald Trump.”
Ted Malloch, an economics professor who is tipped to be Mr Trump’s ambassador to the EU has hinted he would like to see the EU “tamed”.
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