President Donald Trump’s favorite in the running for the United States’ new ambassador to the European Union (EU) challenged the group for exhibiting “anti-Americanism” in the wake of a recent EU Summit in Malta, where both were under attack by European leaders.
The potential soon-to-be EU ambassador, Ted Malloch, came under the scrutiny of French President Francois Hollande, who was exceptionally critical of the American, declaring at the meeting that he would prefer a diplomat who is more pro-Europe in his outlook.
“To designate an ambassador, it is better if he believes in the institution in which he is supposed to work – it is as simple as that,” Hollande insisted, according to Bloomberg.
Not a current fan of the EU
Malloch has been critical of the EU in the not-so-distant past, as he has been quoted saying that the EU has gotten a bit out-of-hand of late.
“[The EU may need] a little taming,” the aspiring ambassador expressed to the BBC.
Malloch, who recently penned a new book titled Hired: An Insider’s Look at the Trump Victory, made his criticism of the EU public once again last week, when he indicated that it was getting too big for its britches.
“The EU] is an overly complex, fairly bloated bureaucratic organization,” Malloch asserted in a recent interview. “Its ambitions have basically overstepped its capabilities, so the question really is what the European member states want to see for that European Union.”
Despite his current negative take on the EU, Malloch has remained a fan of the European continent as a whole, and has even self-identified as a “Europhile.”
“How can you deny a geographical reality, the font of Western values, the origin of democracy?” Malloch ruminated while speaking with WND during an interview. “These are things we share, and the transatlantic alliance deserves our constant attention and engagement.”
He insisted that Europe’s favor in his mind is no lip service, but contended that it could be leaning in the wrong direction.
“America, Trump and I are all for Europe – just not its integration and disposition as a supranational entity,” Malloch continued.
Harnessing the beast
To Malloch’s pleasant surprise, German Chancellor Angela Merkel supported the concept of a less integrated Europe, which she dubbed as a “multi-speed EU” – a concept that sounded like good news to many conservative Americans.
“[The last few years have indicated] that there will be an EU with different speeds, that not everyone will take part in the same levels of integration,” Merkel announced at the Malta summit.
Commending Merkel, Malloch elaborated on the direction in which he thought the EU should go.
“I was pleased to see Mrs. Merkel admit the reality that there are many speeds for Europe and that the union should focus on this reality and not some forced political agenda,” the likely Trump appointee pointed out.
He also earned disfavor in the eye of the EU when he applauded the United Kingdom’s decision to part from the multinational group.
“Malloch has caught flak from European leaders for his support of Brexit and his lack of concern that other member-states may soon follow Britain out of the EU,” WND’s Paul Bremmer explained. “He [said] that European elites will need to rethink the purpose of having a union if more countries end up leaving this year.”
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“The purpose of the EU is being rethought before our very eyes,” Malloch stressed to WND. “After Brexit, other countries may go down a similar path. We will have to see, but there are elections in the Netherlands next month, then France, and then Germany. The Greeks have started discussing leaving the euro again – a so-called Grexit.”
With the Trump administration being a bit more skeptical of the EU than former President Barack Obama and his foreign diplomats, the 27-nation group is a bit leery about the U.S.’s intentions.
“Relations between the U.S. and the EU look to be rocky in the near term going forward,” Bremmer informed. “Last week, before the Malta summit, European Council President Donald Tusk wrote a letter to the 27 EU heads of state in which he listed the Trump administration as a threat to the EU. Tusk proclaimed that ‘worrying declarations by the new American administration,’ along with an aggressive Russia, an assertive China and radical Islam, constitute external threats that ‘make our future highly unpredictable.’”
Amazed and disillusioned that Tusk would make such a disparaging comment about the U.S. – especially as a high-ranking European official – Malloch placed a label of his own on the EU.
“We are the enemy of Europe?” Malloch sarcastically pondered. “There is that much anti-Americanism in the EU.”