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EU's top legislative leaders want possible US envoy snubbed

President Donald Trump, joined by Harley Davidson President and CEO Matt Levatich, talks to media before a lunch meeting with Harley Davidson executives and union representatives in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Donald Trump, joined by Harley Davidson President and CEO Matt Levatich, talks to media before a lunch meeting with Harley Davidson executives and union representatives in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)  (The Associated Press)

Several of the most powerful leaders in the European Union's parliament want a prominent businessman and author who is rumored to be President Donald Trump pick for EU ambassador snubbed if he is appointed.

In letters Thursday, the leaders of three of the parliament's political groups called on EU Council President Donald Tusk and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to dismiss the accreditation if it turns out to be Ted Malloch.

They say Malloch has backed the breakup of the EU and hostile comments about the euro currency.

The EPP Social Democrat and ALDE Liberal wrote in a joint letter they were "strongly convinced that persons seeing as their mission to disrupt or dissolve the European Union should not be accredited."

Malloch has worked at the United Nations in Geneva.