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Donald Tusk. Photo: Elvis Barukcic/AFP/Getty Images

European Council President Donald Tusk has made the most forceful rebuke of President Trump from an EU leader thus far, accusing him of “capricious assertiveness” for pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal and threatening the EU with tariffs.

“Looking at the latest decisions of Trump, someone could even think: With friends like that, who needs enemies?”
— Tusk

Here's one sentence to focus on from Tusk’s remarks, made ahead of a EU summit in Bulgaria:

“He has made us realize if you need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of your arm.”

The bigger picture: German Chancellor Angela Merkel recently said the EU can no longer simply rely on the U.S. and must build a collective foreign policy — an objective shared by French President Emmanuel Macron. Any shift from a U.S.-led transatlantic alliance would have lasting implications for the U.S. and the world.

Counterpoint: Jeremy Shapiro recently argued in Foreign Affairs that“laments and indignation do not add up to strategy. The real question is not whether Europeans are pissed off but whether they will do anything in response to Trump’s actions. The answer is most likely no.”

  • His case: “Europeans need the alliance more than the Americans do. For Europe, the transatlantic alliance is its rock of stability in an otherwise ever-changing world and the foundation on which it has constructed European security and European integration.”

The bottom line: Trump has been open about his transactional approach to alliances. He has so far resisted a full-court press from Europe on Iran and trade. The likes of Merkel and Macron now need to decide whether they can afford to go their own way.

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A panel appointed by Congress to review security measures at the Capitol is recommending several changes, including mobile fencing and a bigger Capitol police force, to safeguard the area after a riotous mob breached the building on Jan. 6.

Why it matters: Law enforcement officials have warned there could be new plots to attack the area and target lawmakers, including during a speech President Biden is expected to give to a joint session of Congress.

CDC says fully vaccinated people can take fewer precautions

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People who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can take fewer precautions in certain situations, including socializing indoors without masks when in the company of low-risk or other vaccinated individuals, according to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Monday.

Why it matters: Per the report, there's early evidence that suggests vaccinated people are less likely to have asymptomatic infection and are potentially less likely to transmit the virus to other people. At the time of its publication, the CDC said the guidance would apply to about 10% of Americans.

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Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse tells "Axios on HBO" that if his company loses a lawsuit brought by the SEC, it would put the U.S. cryptocurrency industry at a competitive disadvantage.

Why it matters: Garlinghouse's comments may seem self-serving, but his call for clearer crypto rules is consistent with longstanding entreaties from other industry players.