The President of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats Group Gianni Pittella during a plenary session of the European Parliament marking the election of its new President in Strasbourg, eastern France, on January 17, 2017. The European Parliament elects a new president today in a vote that promises to be stormy after a coalition aimed at keeping eurosceptics out of power broke down / AFP / FREDERICK FLORIN (Photo credit should read FREDERICK FLORIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Donald Trump’s reported favorite for EU ambassador is already facing headwind in Brussels, with some officials keen to teach the American president a lesson over a potential diplomat they say is anything but diplomatic.
Ted Malloch, an economist with ties to the president’s inner circle, has raised eyebrows by comparing the EU to the Soviet Union (which he claims to have helped bring down,) saying that the bloc needs “taming.” He has also spoken disparagingly of Jean-Claude Juncker, suggesting the European Commission president “was a very adequate mayor, I think, of some city in Luxembourg and maybe he should go back and do that again.”
On Thursday, the liberal leader in the European Parliament, Guy Verhofstadt, and the leader of the European People’s Party, Manfred Weber, sent a letter to Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk saying that Malloch should not be granted credentials, citing his “outrageous malevolence against the values that define this European …