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Trump raised Brexit job fears with EU chiefs: EU source
May 25, 2017 / 10:50 AM / 4 months ago

Trump raised Brexit job fears with EU chiefs: EU source

U.S. President Donald Trump (R) arrives for his meeting with President of the European Council Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (neither pictured) at the European Union headquarters in Brussels, Belgium May 25, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump told European Union officials on Thursday that he is worried Americans may lose jobs as a result of Britain leaving the EU, an EU source said.

In a meeting in Brussels with Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker, respectively presidents of the European Council and Commission, Trump “expressed concern that jobs in the U.S. would be lost because of Brexit”, the source said.

Trump irritated EU leaders during his election campaign last year by hailing Brexit and suggesting other countries might follow Britain out of the 28-nation bloc. However, EU officials believe he has come to a greater appreciation since taking office of the value of European integration to U.S. interests.

U.S. business leaders have generally supported the way that the EU’s single market rules offer efficiencies for U.S. exporters and services firms selling into the continent.

Reporting by Alastair Macdonald; Editing by Louise Ireland

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