U.S. will fully implement JCPOA, says EU's Foreign Policy Chief Mogherini

The situation grew particularly biting last month, when Mr. Trump charged that German Chancellor Angela Merkel's open-door immigration policies were an invitation to terrorists and a "catastrophe" - an assertion that was followed by the president's executive order to block refugees from the US and ban visas for seven Muslim-majority nations. After meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and other representatives of the Trump administration, she said in a press conference in Washington DC that such a move could inflame Arab public opinion and be counterproductive.

While the new United States leader has toned down some of his criticism of America's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies since his election, he has shown no enthusiasm for the 28-member European Union and has praised Britain's decision to leave the bloc.

On Iran, Mogherini said she is confident that the United States does not plan any sudden changes to the global nuclear compact she helped to negotiate. "I have the impression that policies in Washington at this moment are still in the making". Mogherini met with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, national security adviser Michael Flynn and White House adviser Jared Kushner, as well as with lawmakers.

This is a new era for USA relations with the European Union.

Trump has been dismissive of the European Union and cheered Britain's vote to leave the Common Market, and it is not clear how the new administration will approach partnership with the E.U. on a host of global issues, including Russian action in Ukraine, Mideast peace and the worldwide nuclear deal with Iran. The EU diplomat noted that Russia's implementation of its part of the Minsk agreements had been discussed among other things.

And she pushed back on Trump's dismissive comments about the EU.

Trump has expressed openness to working more closely with Russian Federation, a stance that has rattled European allies and drawn criticism from Democrats and Republicans who say Russian Federation is an adversary of the United States and other Western democracies.

She says she raised concerns about the man rumored to become the next US ambassador to the EU, Ted Malloch, another supporter of Brexit and someone who has suggested the European Union "needs a little taming".

It was unclear how heavily trade issues, which dominated a visit British Prime Minister Theresa May made to Washington two weeks ago, will factor into Ms. Mogherini's meetings. "The European Union is here to stay".

  • Joey Payne