IF EUROPEANS WON’T take American soybeans, they don’t get American soldiers. AMERICA FIRST!” The tweet was dispatched by President Donald Trump in the early hours of April 5th 2023, as he watched “Fox & Friends”, his favourite breakfast-television show. It landed as officials in the foreign ministries of Paris, Berlin and Warsaw were settling down for lunch. Most rolled their eyes.
The president had, after all, issued similar threats at each of the NATO
summits after his narrow re-election in November 2020. At the
alliance’s gathering in Potsdam in 2021 Mr Trump had unnerved fellow
leaders by proposing that Russia join the alliance. The following year
in Skopje, as the US-EU trade war
spiralled out of control, he had insisted that his chief trade
negotiator accompany him to every meeting with allies, in place of the
secretary of defence. Despite that, 60,000 American troops remained
scattered across the continent.
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