Calling U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump a “populist,” European Parliament President Martin Schulz said Saturday that neither Europe nor the U.S. was prepared for a Donald Trump presidency.
"Trump belongs to these people that we also have here in Europe, who have a scapegoat for all issues but never have a concrete solution," Schulz told French television i-Tele, adding that he preferred another candidate, referring to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, a former U.S. Secretary of State.
Schulz, who is the president of E.U.’s directly elected parliament — the legislative wing of the 28-country eurozone bloc — said that Trump had no “international experience” and felt that he could, if elected, take "extremely dangerous decisions."
While Trump has drawn harsh criticism for his calls to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and to impose a temporary ban on Muslims entering the U.S., he has gained a significant lead in primary contests for the Republican nomination to November’s presidential elections.
Trump was forced to cancel a rally in Chicago Friday evening after concerns over protester violence. The cancelation came just hours after violence marred a Trump rally in St. Louis, where some protesters were left bloodied and dozens were arrested by police.
Speaking live to CNN in the aftermath of the canceled rally, Trump said that it was not because of his tone or policies. "It’s anger in the country,” he said. “I don’t think it’s directed at me. Just what’s been going on for years."
Trump added that the Chicago incident might help his campaign. "Two people who are experts told me this increases the vote for Trump," the GOP front-runner said.