CBS Hypes Anti-Trump Sentiment in the European Union and UK

As liberals around the country continued to rage over President Donald Trump’s not-a-travel-ban ban Tuesday evening, reporter Mark Phillips took the time on CBS Evening News to remind everyone that the people of Europe don’t care for our president either. “Not just the crowds that have poured onto the streets of Europe are angry with Donald Trump,” he reported, “The disenchantment has now reached the highest levels of European politics.

The report centered on the denouncements the president had received from many key European politicians. Chief among them was the remarks by the President of the European Council Donald Tusk, the highest position of power in the European Union. Tusk had very negative thoughts of Trump and listed him as a threat to the continent.

Along with the menace of Vladimir Putin's aggressive Russia and China's military buildup in the South China Sea, and militant Islam, Donald Trump's United States has become a threat to Europe,” Phillips recalled of Tusk’s comments. “We cannot surrender to those who want to weaken or invalidate the transatlantic bond, without which global order and peace cannot survive,” Tusk said in a speech.

What frightens the EU is President Trump's support for the British to leave, expressed to Prime Minister Theresa May, and for other countries to follow,” Phillips continued, “That and his perceived lack of commitment the NATO and now the refugee ban.

The CBS reporter followed that up with clips of irate members of the British Parliament attacking the president of the United States. One called Trump’s ban “inhumane. It's racist. And it’s immoral,” while another attacked him directly describing Trump as a “wretched man, bigoted man.”

Phillips seemed almost gleeful to report on the British people’s disgust of Trump, noting, “And the petition calling for the president's planned state visit to be canceled has clicked up over 1.7 million signatures.

Closing out his report, Phillips painted a dark picture for the future of US/Europe relations, reiterating, “Demonstration, angry words in parliament, petitions, condemnations from foreign leaders, the travel ban has driven yet another wedge between Donald Trump and the European allies. And the fear is there’s more to come.

The bashing of right-wing politicians seems to be a hobby for Phillips. Back in the summer of 2016, he insinuated that Nigel Farage, of the United Kingdom Independence Party, was pushing for the country’s departure from the EU because Farage wanted people to be “poorer.” His report on Trump only served to fan the flames of fear. 

Transcript below: 

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CBS Evening News
January 31, 2017
6:36:50 PM Eastern

SCOTT PELLEY: A new poll out today says that 49 percent of Americans agree with the travel ban. 41 percent oppose. Mark Phillips is watching the reaction of U.S. Allies.

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MARK PHILLIPS: Not just the crowds that have poured onto the streets of Europe are angry with Donald Trump.

CROWD: Say it loud, say it clear, refugees are welcome here.

PHILLIPS: The disenchantment has now reached the highest levels of European politics. Along with the menace of Vladimir Putin's aggressive Russia and China's military buildup in the South China Sea, and militant Islam, Donald Trump's United States has become a threat to Europe according to Donald Tusk, the president of the European Union’s most powerful body.

DONALD TUSK: We cannot surrender to those who want to weaken or invalidate the transatlantic bond, without which global order and peace cannot survive.

PHILLIPS: What frightens the EU is President Trump's support for the British to leave, expressed to Prime Minister Theresa May, and for other countries to follow. That and his perceived lack of commitment the NATO and now the refugee ban.

UNIDENTIFIED BRITISH POLITICIAN 1: This action is inhumane. It's racist. And it’s immoral.

PHILLIPS: His unpopularity is expressed in Parliament.

UNIDENTIFIED BRITISH POLITICIAN 2: … of this wretched man, bigoted man.

PHILLIPS: And the petition calling for the president's planned state visit to be canceled has clicked up over 1.7 million signatures.

Demonstration, angry words in parliament, petitions, condemnations from foreign leaders, the travel ban has driven yet another wedge between Donald Trump and the European allies.

CROWD: Donald Trump has got to go!

PHILLIPS: And the fear is there’s more to come. Mark Phillips, CBS News, London.

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