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Trump’s diplomat: I helped bring down the Soviet Union, it’s the EU next

Trump's diplomat: I helped bring down the Soviet Union, it's the EU next
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Just in case European Union leaders were in any doubt over President Trump's feelings towards them, his rumoured pick for ambassador to the EU has been giving some pretty strong hints.

Appearing on This Week, Malloch -- who visited  Trump Towers earlier this month to discuss the potential role -- was open about his Euroscepticism. This led Andrew Neil to ask: why would he even want a job to be US ambassador to the EU?

AN: I mean you're clearly not a great fan of Brussels or these bureaucrats like Juncker.

TM: Well, I had in a previous year a diplomatic post where I helped to bring down the Soviet Union, so maybe there's another union that needs a little taming.

Mr S suspects EU officials will be hoping Malloch's appointment fails to go through.

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Steerpike is The Spectator's gossip columnist, serving up the latest tittle tattle from London and beyond. Email tips to steerpike@spectator.co.uk.

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