February 21, 2017

Europe’s “Existential Threat”

By Julianne Smith

Source: WAMU

Europe welcomed a distinguished delegation of American leaders: Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of Defense General James Mattis and Senator John McCain.

In meetings with other world leaders in Munich and Brussels, they were focused on smoothing international ruffled feathers and calming nerves over Donald Trump’s new “America First” doctrine.

Republican Senator McCain has already broken rank, telling an audience in Germany that the administration of President Trump is in “disarray.”

The French Ambassador to the U.S., Gérard Araud, has also been a fierce critic of the new president. He tells 1A that the rise of the far right in France and interference by Russia in the democratic process amounts to an “existential threat” to the democracy and the future of the European Union.

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  • Julianne Smith

    Senior Fellow and Director, Transatlantic Security Program

    Julianne (“Julie”) Smith is Senior Fellow and Director of the Transatlantic Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. She is a contributing editor to Fo...