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Leonid Bershidsky

The EU Is Playing Trump Just Like It Played the Brexiters

U.S. officials shouldn’t underestimate Europe’s skill at the waiting game.

Made to wait.

Made to wait.

Photographer: Marlene Awaad/Bloomberg

The Trump administration has pulled out all the stops to attack the European Union. Realizing its relative weakness, the EU hasn’t tried a muscular response. Instead, it has used the same tactic as it did with Britain’s Brexiters.

On Tuesday, the U.S. ambassador to the EU, Gordon Sondland, accused Europe of disregarding all the goodwill built up since the Marshall Plan and of frustrating U.S. efforts to redress the trade imbalance.