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Courtesy of the Express 11.02.17.
THE next US ambassador to the EU has laid down the gauntlet to Brussels warning that Donald Trump will refuse to accept any “bulls**t”.
Ted Malloch, Washington’s proposed new EU ambassador, shocked BBC presenters this morning when he used the swearword live on air.
The fiery diplomat also predicted the impending political collapse of the EU as President Trump continues to lay down the law.
During an interview with Pienaar’s Politics, he warned that Mr Trump will prove a rude awakening for the European Union.
The US economist took no prisoners during his live radio interview, rejecting the “baby talk and political correctness” of EU elites such as Angela Merkel, Jean-Claude Juncker and Guy Verhofstadt.
Mr Malloch, a businessman who supported Brexit, has already been proposed for the EU ambassador post by Donald Trump.
The candidate, who is a long-term friend of Mr Trump, said the US leader will not tolerate a European Union dominated by Angela Merkel’s Germany.
In an extraordinary pushback, he said that whether the EU likes it or not, Mr Trump will only deal with countries on a nation-by-nation basis.
Mr Malloch added that Britain was still a major European power post-Brexit and would be crucial in all US relations with the EU.
He also ratched up tensions with Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament’s Brexit negotiator, who recently called for Brussels to reject the ambassadorial appointment.
Malloch said that only America would choose American diplomats and if the EU dared to intervene, there would an “equal measure of response in Washington”.
He also urged Theresa May to continue her role as a bridge between the EU and the US.
But, when it came to the future of the 27-member bloc itself, he held little back.
He said: “Trump hopes that Europe succeeds completely and he wants to deal with them bilaterally.
“But obviously, he doesn’t want a union that is tilted towards Germany.”
When pressed on how Mr Trump would speak to the EU on a nation-by-nation basis instead of a giant bloc, he seemed to suggest the complete break-up of the political union.
Mr Malloch said: “The hope is that the EU can come to some understanding and the union itself, which is in a process of adjustment, will see its role as something more of an economic integration, rather than political.”
Earlier in the interview, he proclaimed that the new and controversial US leader was “too noble for this world”.
In an incredible reference to Shakespeare, he quoted the famous bard’s ‘Coriolanus’ as he said Mr Trump’s “heart is his mouth”.
Mr Malloch added: “Trump won’t cow down to the powers that be.
“He’ll speak his mind even if gets in trouble or held in disregard by others.
“It used to be called honesty but in the age of baby talk and political correctness, and mostly bullshit, it’s now regarded as dishonesty.”
Last month, the Trump insider clashed with Brussels when he said that he “helped bring about the decline of the USSR and he would like to do a similar thing with the EU.”
Mr Malloch also laid into Jean-Claude Juncker, saying he was a “very adequate mayor, I think, of some city in Luxembourg and maybe he should go back and do that again”.
Following this, EU Brexit negotiator, Guy Verhofstadt, and the leader of the European People’s Party, Manfred Weber, sent a letter to Mr Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk on Thursday asking that Mr Malloch not be granted the role because of his “outrageous malevolence against the values that define this European Union”.