20:16 GMT05 August 2020
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    The formation of the European Union began with the creation of the European Coal and Steel Community, proclaimed "a first step in the federation of Europe", as the idea of uniting the European countries gained popularity following World War II.

    Twitter users ridiculed US President Donald Trump's recent remark asserting that the European Union was formed "to take advantage of the United States", as he also claimed that "Europe never treated us well".

    "The European Union was formed in order to take advantage of the United States. Formed to take advantage of the United States. I know that. They know I know that but other presidents had no idea", Trump said at the Rose Garden of the White House during his speech.

    It did not take long for netizens to lambast the remark, filling the threads with history lessons reminding the president of the impact of the World War II, the Marshall plan and pivotal treaties that marked the formation of the European Union, including the Treaty of Rome signed in 1957 that envisaged the creation of European Economic Community (EEC) and establishment of the customs union.

    ​Some users recalled examples of vital cooperation between the European Union and the United States and sneered at Trump’s "Europe, which has never treated us well" comment.

    Others rolled suggestions on formations created to "take advantage of the US", criticizing Trump's coronavirus response, by comparing it to that of European countries.


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