EU’s world superpower ambitions as French MEP says ‘I want Donald Trump to win!’

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The US election could be nearing a result soon as Joe Biden leads in four key swing states, including Pennsylvania, which would hand him the keys to the White House. Votes are also still coming in from Georgia, Arizona and Nevada as the race remains tight. The election result could have a significant impact on the EU, as many in the bloc hope Mr Biden’s pro-EU stance will strengthen ties with Washington after four years of President Trump’s hostility. French MEP from National Rally, Thierry Mariani, told France 24 last week he would like to see President Trump reelected to enable Europe to become the world’s biggest superpower.

He: said: “As an MEP from France I am thinking what is the interest of France and of Europe?

I hope Donald Trump will be reelected again, but I am thinking not like an American citizen but a European citizen.

“My dream is for Europe to be an independent power, and I think with Donald Trump America was more isolationist, pushing Europe to take a more independent position.

“I hope if Donald Trump is reelected, it will be a chance for Europe to become more independent and to take a different place in the international scene.

“It could be something that wakes up Europe.

“For me the important question is ‘who will be the super power for the next 30 years?’

“At the moment I don’t see Europe…this is why I hope Donald Trump wins and we see a change for Europe.”

Billy Kelleher, an Irish politician, disagreed, saying he would prefer Joe Biden to be the next US President.

He said: “I’d like to see Joe Biden for a number of reasons, firstly from an Irish perspective he would be a friendlier face.

“I think he has a deeper knowledge of the peace process in Northern Ireland, he is an internationalist, he is outward looking and we don’t want a divisive figure in Donald Trump in the White House at the moment.”

The issue of the border on the island of Ireland could also see Washington block a UK-US trade deal post-Brexit, experts tell

Dr Nigel Bowles, a US politics expert at the University of Oxford, argued that Mr Johnson’s strategy is damaging hopes of a US trade deal.

He said: “A trade deal can be done, but any British Prime Minister who calculated that either an American president would fold on the Good Friday Agreement, and fold on the EU agreement on the border, should think again.

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“If Trump is President in January next year, Nancy Pelosi will still be speaker of the House of Representatives, and I do not believe a trade deal could pass through here as things stand.

“If Boris Johnson wants a trade deal with the US, the agreement he forged with the EU in late 2019 will have to be observed.

“His current approach will not work, and everyone around Boris Johnson knows that.”

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