Apr 09 2019 President Trump said Tuesday the European Union has taken advantage of U. Trump has blasted the European Union in the past, labeling it as difficult and a foe of the U. I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade, Mr. Now you wouldn't think of the European Union, but they're a foe. In a trade sense, they've really taken advantage of us, and many of those countries are in NATO, and they weren't paying their bills, the president added. US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said 'time has come for action' on Airbus subsidies. The EU retaliated with tariffs on on £2. worth of us goods on products including orange juice, bourbon whiskey and motorcycles.