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Wednesday, 12 September 2018 - Strasbourg Revised edition

State of EU-US relations (A8-0251/2018 - Elmar Brok)

  Rupert Matthews (ECR). – Mr President, I’m absolutely delighted to be able to support stronger links between the democratic nations on this side of the Atlantic and the United States of America on the other side. But that cause will not be served if the European Union insists on putting all of the blame for the recent chilling in relations on the United States of America.

How many times have I sat in this very building and listened to my fellow MEPs talking about American culture: how vulgar it is, how common it is, how awful it is, how much better things would be if everything was run by les énarques and the other elite here in the European Union? Is it any surprise that President Trump and the peoples of the United States of America resent the snobbery and contempt that daily fall upon their ears from people within this Chamber?

We need to improve relations with the United States of America, but let us start by taking a lead ourselves.

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