Steve Bannon's anti-EU message came days before Mike Pence pledged commitment

Steve Bannon's anti-EU message came days before Mike Pence pledged commitment

Vice President Mike Pence said today the USA meant to "deepen our relationship with the European Union and the European community".

Mr. Pence and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis were deployed to Europe last week to try to calm fears about a shift in USA foreign policy attitudes that have otherwise remained constant since 1945.

US Vice President Mike Pence assured Afghan President Ashraf Ghani that the Trump administration would continue America's strategic partnership with the Central Asian state. And he has suggested that the European Union itself could soon fall apart.

White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon questioned the effectiveness of the European Union (EU) during his meeting with Germany's ambassador to Washington a week before Vice President Pence's trip to the continent, Reuters reported on Tuesday. On Monday, after meeting with Pence, Tusk said he felt reassured.

"There's a long way to go and much to be done...the good news is that we're walking in the right direction", he said.

The High Representative reaffirmed a strong willingness of the European Union to continue building a strong EU-U.S. partnership on the basis of clear values and interests, and cooperating closely on bilateral as well as global issues.

"The world would be a decidedly worse place if Europe were not united", Tusk said.

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"Rather than parse every statement from a USA official and every tweet from the White House, Europeans need to start thinking about what they have to do for themselves", said Mark Leonard, director of the Brussels-based European Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Mattis delivered a stern message to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation defense ministers in Brussels on Wednesday and Thursday, warning that the United States might "moderate its commitment" to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation if other members fail to meet defense spending guidelines of 2 percent of their annual economic output.

Pence also acknowledged that if allies failed to stop defense cuts, gradually increase spending and meet the 2% target within the decade, the U.S.

It came as Trump last week called the media the "enemy of the American people".

On Monday, Pence will hold several discussions with European officials in Brussels, including with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.

Pence said he was "disappointed" that the retired general had misled him about a conversation he had with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. "It is in the interest of us all to prevent the disintegration of the West". "I have great confidence in the national security team of this administration going forward", Pence said.

US media reported that the Justice Department had warned the White House that Flynn had misled senior administration officials about the contents of his talks with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, and that it could make him vulnerable to Russian blackmail.

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