EU trade chief slams Trump on immigration

EU trade chief slams Trump on immigration
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Europe’s trade commissioner took aim at President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump: McConnell 'helpless' to stop Biden from packing court Romney on NRSC awarding Trump: Not 'my preference' McConnell sidesteps Trump calling him 'dumb son of a b----' MORE on Tuesday, arguing that his proposed restrictions on international trade and immigration are “doomed to fail.”


“Those who, in the 21st century, think that we can become great again by rebuilding borders, re-imposing trade barriers, restricting people's freedom to move, are doomed to fail,” Cecilia Malmstrom said at a conference in Brussels, according to prepared remarks.


Malmstrom also said that with Trump’s plans to stymie international trade agreements, Europe would have to look to emphasize and bolster its relationships beyond the United States. She cited relationships with Japan and Mexico, among other countries, as strengthening.



“The election of Donald Trump seems likely to put our EU-U.S. negotiations firmly in the freezer, at least for a while,” she said. “Yet, even if the U.S. is our most important partner, and a necessary one, the world is bigger than one country. Trump or no Trump, we have a long list of many others willing to deal with the EU, and about 20 more trade deals already in the pipeline. Certainly enough to keep us busy.”


“If anything, since November, we have seen many of our partners throw more energy and more resources at their negotiations with the EU,” she added.

Malmstrom’s comments came the day after Trump signed an executive action withdrawing the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The real estate mogul ran his campaign on promises to re-evaluate international trade agreements and bring manufacturing jobs to the U.S.

Trump has also been critical of open-border policies in countries like Germany, and has called for the U.S. to build a wall along its southern border. Malmstrom slammed that idea, warning that against closed borders and the importance of free movement.

“The success of the EU relies on our open societies and open economies,” she said. “We all have seen a Europe divided, separated by walls and borders in the 20th century. Those dark years should not return.”