EU’s Tusk hails Trump words, wants to see deeds

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 10:46 GMT, Jul 7, 2017 |

European Council President Donald Tusk on Friday (July 7) welcomed the support Donald Trump has offered to Transatlantic ties but voiced caution on whether they reflected a change in policy by the U.S. president.

In Poland on Thursday ahead of the G20 summit in Germany, Trump said he stood firmly behind the mutual defence commitments of the NATO alliance and criticised Russia.

Tusk, a former Polish prime minister who has voiced concern at Trump’s apparent willingness to favour better ties with Moscow at the expense of the European Union, he told reporters at the summit in Hamburg.

Also speaking at a news conference, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said the European Union would respond if the United States imposes punitive tariffs on steel.