Trump: 'Nobody treats us much worse than the EU'

US president claims the EU was created to take advantage of Washington

US President Donald Trump again railed against the trans-Atlantic trade relationship, claiming that the European Union was formed with the sole purpose to take advantage of his country. "The European Union was formed in order to take advantage of us on trade, and that's what they've done," Trump said in a wide-ranging interview aired Sunday on CBS's “60 Minutes,” adding that nobody treats the US  "much worse than the European Union."

"You know what's hostile? The way they treat us. We're not hostile," he said to CBS journalist Lesley Stahl after she suggested the administration was behaving in a hostile manner toward US allies.

The harsh comments come after Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Junker made an unofficial agreement back in July to reduce trade tensions and work toward elimination of tariffs on industrial goods in order to avoid another tit-for-tat trade war as the one witnessed between the US and China. Both sides also agreed no new tariffs would be imposed as trade talks continue, taking US threats to impose levies on European auto imports temporally off the table.

Speaking to CBS News’ Lesley Stahl for the first time since taking office, Trump also continued that he liked NATO now that alliance members have vowed to increase defense spending, but disputed Stahl’s statement that the organization has “kept the peace for 70 years.”

“You don’t know that,” he said. When asked if it’s true that Mattis told him NATO’s function is to avoid World War III, Trump said “that’s not true... Frankly, I like General Mattis. I think I know more about it than he does. And I know more about it from the standpoint of fairness, that I can tell you.” 

During his one-hour-long interview the US president discussed China on the subject of trade, the Mueller probe into Russian election interference, his 'love' for North Korea's leader, as well as US-Saudi Arabia current relations and climate change threats. 

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