Washington and Brussels seek to relax the tensions generated during the government of former President Donald Trump, who came to consider the group from the old continent as rivals of North America.
The Attorney General of the United States, Merrick Garland, and the European Commissioner for Migration and the Interior, Ylva Johansson, met this Thursday in Washington to deepen the bilateral alliance in the fight against transnational crime and terrorism.
In their first meeting, they reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen cooperation against common threats such as international terrorism, violent domestic extremism and cybercrime.
Finally, they agreed to relaunch the US and the European Union (EU) dialogue to "ensure the protection and security of citizens in both jurisdictions."
Washington and Brussels seek to turn the page on the tensions generated during former President Donald Trump (2017-2021), who put the transatlantic alliance to the test with constant criticism of European partners.
Trump came to describe the European Union (EU), one of America's historic allies, as a "rival."
Well, I think we have a lot of competitors. I see the EU as a competitor to what they do with us in trade. You will not think of the European Union. But, still, it's a competitor, Trump said in an interview with CBS American Network from his golf club in Turnberry (Scotland, UK) in 2018.
The then US president also pointed out that Russia "is an adversary in certain aspects" and China is an "economic adversary."
"But that doesn't mean they are bad. It does not mean anything. That means they are competitive, "the former president explained in the interview.
For these and many other comments, Trump has raised tensions with countries and territories considered US partners, such as the European Union, Canada, and Mexico, especially in trade matters.
In fact, during the mandate of the North American magnate, it was decided to end the exemption of tariffs on steel and aluminum from the EU, Canada, and Mexico, a movement responded to with similar measures by the governments of those regions.
"You know that I love those countries (those of the EU). I respect the leaders of those countries. But, in a commercial sense, they have taken advantage of us, and many of those countries are in NATO. They were not paying their fraction, "he criticized.
After the NATO summit in 2018, Trump boasted of having promoted increased investment in defense among NATO members and claimed that European allies and Canada have "strengthened their commitment" to military spending "as never before. they had done before".