The US was left alone and humiliated on the world stage as European allies collectively dunked on Trump’s ‘America First’ policy at a major security conference
But since Trump became president, the US has been pushing for the withdrawal from global agreements – such as the Paris climate accord – creating new tension between him and other world leaders, nations, and global institutions, particularly in the West.
Heiko Maas, Germany’s foreign minister, also said of the US’s gradual military withdrawal, according to Deutsche Welle: “For too long, we Europeans have shut our eyes to the uncomfortable reality of what a withdrawal of the US from military engagement and from international treaties means for us.”
The presence of Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the conference, and a quote by the Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on the conference website’s main page, also suggested a European appreciation for Democrats rather than Republicans.
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