EU's Tusk calls on Europe to rally against Trump threat

President of the European Council Donald Tusk listens during a news conference in Tallinn Estonia.              
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In a letter to 27 EU leaders before Friday's summit in Malta, EU President Donald Tusk mentioned the Trump administration as part of an external "threat" together with China, Russia, radical Islam, war and terror.

"The first threat, an external one, is related to the new geopolitical situation in the world and around Europe", European Council president Tusk said in the letter obtained by AFP. In both communications, Tusk called on European Union leaders to recognize the serious threat posed by an "assertive China", "Russia's aggressive policy" and "radical Islam" such as the Islamic state group also known as ISIS, adding that these issues "as well as worrying declarations by the new American administration, all make our future highly unpredictable".

All 28 European Union leaders are scheduled to meet in Malta on Friday to discuss, among other things, the refugee crisis and Britain's exit from the bloc.

Leaders in Brussels have been particularly concerned that Trump has supported Brexit and spoken of other countries following Britain out of the bloc.

Tusk said the Trump administration has put into question the past seven decades of American foreign policy.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is "obsolete", Germany's Angela Merkel made a "catastrophic mistake" on refugees, Brexit will be "great" and the U.S. could cut a deal with Russia: Donald Trump unleashed a volley of broadsides on Sunday (15 January) in interviews with European media.

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"In Rome, we should strongly reiterate these two basic, yet forgotten, truths: firstly, we have united in order to avoid another historic catastrophe, and secondly, that the times of European unity have been the best times in all of Europe's centuries-long history", he writes.

The advent of Donald Trump "puts the European Union in a hard situation, with the new Administration which seems to be calling into question the last 70 years of American foreign policy", EU PResident Donald Tusk said in a letter calling an EU summit in Valletta Friday.

Tusk added that "only together can European Union countries be fully independent".

According to the official, "assertive and spectacular steps" are needed to "change the collective emotions and revive the aspiration to raise European integration to the next level".

"I have made my mind up that in the coming years we are on our own, which may be a good thing".