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US eyes ‘reset’ to EU levels, tells envoy Gordon Sondland

The US is convinced of a reset at transatlantic relations when a fresh EU leadership takes office after this season, Washington’s top envoy to Brussels said on Tuesday.

US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland told reporters a series of meetings this week between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo along with also the EU’s incoming leading officials moved”extraordinarily well”.

US and Europe have been caught up in a series of feuds over commerce, Brexit, ties with Iran and climate modification which Europe blames about the go-it-alone diplomacy of President Donald Trump.

“The secretary made this excursion completely and exclusively to observe the four EU leaders with the aim of resetting our connection,” Sondland stated after Pompeo’s meetings.

“Our relationship had attained multiple impasses on several fronts and led to a great deal of uncomfortable, cranky discussions,” he explained.

Pompeo fulfilled Ursula von der Leyen, that is president of this Commission, the EU’s incoming foreign policy supremo, Josep Borrell of both Spain and Belgium’s prime minister Charles Michel, who’ll take more than EU Council President.

“Everybody got up from the meetings feeling quite optimistic about the near future,” Sondland explained.

The envoy minimised differences between the usa and EU, stating Europeans only differed with Washington on approaches, rather than on the material of issues.

“We’re in violent agreement with exactly what they would like to achieve, we do not agree on getting there,” Sondland stated, refusing to be drawn farther on particulars.

“A number of whom we have interacted before, and I am not likely to pick out specific individuals, have been preoccupied with the strategies,” he added.

Pompeo’s goodwill trip to Brussels arrived as Trump on twitter continued his accusations that the EU was unfair using the US on commerce.

Trump tweeted Tuesday.