During his first European tour in 2017, the president of the United States shocked Washington’s Western allies by failing to pay their “fair share” on defense, physically shoving a prime minister from side to side. , And another leader white knuckling in a public handshake.
After four years of chaos for transatlantic relations under Donald Trump, his Democratic successor Joe Biden’s words of friendship and promise that “America is back” met with Western allies this week and welcomed the next one. There are reliefs.
But they are not enough, say diplomats and foreign policy experts. Biden faces skeptical thinking about America’s credibility as a partner Leaders from the Group of Seven developed economies,
NATO and the EU have again been concerned about the pendulum of swinging US politics, and are looking for concrete action, not words after the trauma of the Trump years.
“Is this a gap between Trump 1.0 and Trump 2.0? No one knows,” said David O’Sullivan, a former EU ambassador to Washington.
“I am of the view of most people that we should seize the opportunity with our administration to strengthen the relationship and hope it can survive beyond midterms and 2024.”
European leaders have been publicly motivated, concerned about the survival of pluralism – but their doubts go beyond the scarring of the Trump year. The Biden administration’s foreign policy has been sending mixed signals marked by some missteps and uncertainty on key policy areas, such as China, thanks to the lengthy review, former US officials and diplomatic sources said.
“America’s partners are still going through what happened under Trump,” said Harry Broadman, a former senior U.S. official and managing director of the Berkeley Research Group. “But some of Biden’s messages have been severed.”
Foreign policy for the middle class
Nearly five months after taking office, a handful of solid international policies have emerged, while Biden’s decision to insist on “buy America” orders has been met with intellectual and other WTO members, in consultation with other members.
Relinquished property rights, They are allies without alliances in the aggressive timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan. Biden will withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan on September 11, marking the start of America’s longest war two decades ago. U.S. officials have said they will complete the evacuation before then.
Several Western diplomats said the timeline sent a flurry of calls to retain allies, adding that they had seen the move designed for domestic use. Biden and his top diplomat, Secretary of State Anthony Blankenship, have repeatedly said that US foreign policy must first and foremost benefit the American middle class. To many European governments, this sounds like the joy of Trump’s isolated “America First” slogan. “The United States will remain the first, no doubt,” said a Western diplomatic source. A senior European diplomat said the most important factor was someone to work with again in Washington: “After the last four years, that really makes a difference.”
A LESS DEMOCRATIC AMERICA?
One of the main concerns for many foreign allies is a fundamental one, many experts say – shakes their faith in American democracy. For months Trump falsely claimed that he had won the November 3 election while lawmakers were confirming Biden’s victory on January 6 in the US capital March to sell his supporters’ encouragement. The riots, the building and the five deaths, led to the evacuation of stunned world leaders.
Jamie Shea, now a friend of Europe, a former senior NATO official at the think tank in Brussels, told Reuters he was worried that the next US president could be another Trump-style leader. “So I believe we have four years,” he said, “for a limited period of time we have to strengthen a solid transatlantic economic and security partnership with this pro-European administration.” Biden’s Democratic Party operates on a razor-thin majority in the U.S. Congress, making it difficult to pass legislation and reset international goals. The Republican party has coalesced around opposing his agenda. That’s what the Republican Party has coalesced around opposing their agenda.
In a landmark agreement, G7 finance ministers agreed with US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen’s plan to reduce the global minimum tax rate by 15% and tax countries on nearly 100 high-profit companies. Top Senate Republicans immediately rejected the deal.
According to a Pew Research Center survey released on Thursday, people in 12 European and Asian countries still find the US president “somewhat trustworthy,” according to a Pew Research Center survey released Thursday. As a partner, very few believe that the United States is setting a good example of democratic values in its current state.