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  • French president calls Trump statements ‘unacceptable’
  • Merkel says EU destiny ‘in its hands’ as relations sour
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European Values Are the Focus of Malta Talks

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U.S. President Donald Trump loomed over a Mediterranean gathering of European leaders, who used the meeting Friday to hit back at the new administration that has upended trans-Atlantic relations by dismissing the European Union’s validity.

“It is unacceptable that there be, through a certain number of statements by the president of the United States, a pressure on what Europe must be or what it must not be,” French President Francois Hollande told reporters Friday at the EU summit in Valletta, Malta.