Donald Trump should butt out of “European life,” French President Francois Hollande said, as European Union leaders warned they wouldn’t let the new U.S. administration undermine their values.
As they grappled over the best response to the U.S. president’s antagonism, EU leaders insisted they will stand up for their principles, bristling at his predictions that more countries would follow the U.K. out of the bloc.
“I reacted when Donald Trump said it was marvelous for a country to leave the European Union, simply because it is not his business to get involved in European life,” Hollande told reporters at an EU summit in Valletta, Malta on Friday. “It is up to Europe to decide how many members it should have and how it should live.”
As the EU wrestles with the region’s biggest migration crisis since World War II, Britain’s impending exit and how to hold the group together in an increasingly uncertain world, …
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