– Laura King, “European Union leaders at Malta summit bristle at Trump remarks,” The Los Angeles Times online, Feb. 3, 2017
EU/FOREIGN POLICY/NATO: “The European Union has been weathering plenty of disunity in recent months. But on Friday, the bloc’s leaders seemed united in concerns over President Trump.
In the Mediterranean island nation of Malta, leaders arriving for the EU’s first gathering since Trump’s inauguration had some sharp words for the 2-week-old U.S. administration.
Both before and after taking office, Trump has been vocal in his support of Britain’s vote last June to exit the European Union, and has made repeated if casual references to the likelihood of the bloc breaking up. He has also called NATO ‘obsolete,’ but in recent days has signaled support for the transatlantic alliance.”