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Trump a threat to EU, says chief Brexit negotiator

Guy Verhofstadt believes Donald Trump poses a threat to the EU. Credit: PA

Donald Trump is part of a "three-pronged attack" on the EU, one of its chief officials has said.

Guy Verhofstadt, the EU parliament's chief Brexit negotiator and former prime minister of Belgium, said the American President poses a serious threat to the EU.

He added that the other main threats are radicalised Islam and Russia's Vladimir Putin.

"I have just come back from the US and my view is that we have a third front that is undermining the EU ... and that is Donald Trump," he said in a speech at London think tank Chatham House on Monday.

EU analyses how Trump's ban will affect Europeans

Donald Trump in the Oval Office Credit: AP Images

The European Union is analysing Donald Trump's US executive order travel ban to find out if it would affect Europeans.

The bloc is getting "conflicting input" on whether EU citizens with dual nationality will be affected by the American President's move to bar entry from seven Muslim-majority countries, a spokesperson said.

European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said the EU "does not discriminate among people arriving on the grounds of race, nationality or religion" in his announcement.


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