Former Top EU Leader: ‘I Pray' Joe Biden Will Beat Trump
Donald Tusk signals suport for former Vice President
Former top European Union (EU) official, Donald Tusk, has openly admitted he is "praying" for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's success against President Donald Trump in the coming election.
Tusk, who was formerly the prime minister of Poland before becoming the leader of the European Council, openly backed Biden on social media.
Tusk noted his own history as an “anti-communist” opposition leader during the cold war in Poland, writing:
“I’ve always believed in the Republican ideals and greatness of America."
“Reagan was my hero. And I got to know Donald Trump really well," Tusk wrote.
"These are the reasons why I pray for Joe Biden’s success.”
I’ve always believed in the Republican ideals and greatness of America:as an anti-Communist from “Solidarność”, Polish Prime Minister and as EU President. Reagan was my hero. And I got to know @realDonaldTrump really well. These are the reasons why I pray for @JoeBiden’s success.— Donald Tusk (@donaldtuskEPP) July 2, 2020
Tusk is the first European leader to back the former vice president in the 2020 presidential election.
But Tusk's backing of Biden is no surprise.
The former EU leader is a known critic of Trump and other populist leaders.
Tusk urged those attending his speech last year to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to "protect the truth" adding “it is not enough to accuse others of promoting fake news.”
Though the speech made no reference to Trump, it was obvious who he was targeting.
Tusk, in 2019 also shared a picture of himself making a gun gesture behind Trump’s back during a summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in London.
Tusk's endorsement of Biden reveals the stark difference in foreign policy between the former vice president and Trump.
Biden also noted that difference in 2019 while laying out a “forward-looking global” vision to stand against Trump’s America First agenda.
Biden said the core of that vision would be renewed cooperation with other nations to tackle “dangers” like climate change, cyber warfare, terrorism, and nuclear proliferation.
“American security, prosperity, and our way of life requires the strongest possible network of partners and alliances working alongside one another,” Biden said at the time.
“Donald Trump’s brand of ‘America First’ has too often led to America alone.”
Tusk echoed Biden's words just months after in front of the United Nations.
“In my political vocabulary, globalism and solidarity mean the same thing,” Tusk said.
“And I am not talking about some naive ideology or abstract linguistics, but about concrete challenges and a chance for pragmatic solutions.”