December 09, 2019

Trump Administration Blocks Another Critic from Speaking Abroad

Featuring Jim Townsend

Source: Foreign Policy

Journalist Robbie Gramer

The decision to block a prominent NATO expert from speaking at a conference in Denmark because he has spoken critically of U.S. President Donald Trump’s policies highlights a growing trend in which the State Department has quashed engagement with Trump critics, prompting public relations gaffes for U.S. embassies.

Stanley Sloan told Foreign Policy he was on his way to Copenhagen to give a keynote address on NATO at an event when he received word from the organizers that Trump’s ambassador to Denmark pressured them to quash his speaking engagement. The U.S. Embassy in Denmark helped fund the conference, and the U.S. ambassador was also scheduled to speak at the conference.

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  • Jim Townsend

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Security Program

    James Joye Townsend Jr. is an adjunct senior fellow in the CNAS Transatlantic Security Program. After eight years as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for European ...