Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will skip an April meeting of NATO foreign ministers to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Washington, giving a cold shoulder to many of Washington’s closest allies. Experts on Washington’s delicate diplomatic relationship with Europe had surprisingly undiplomatic reactions.
“Unprecedented,” Ivo Daalder, former US ambassador to NATO and current president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, said of Tillerson’s decision.
“US allies are alarmed and worried,” Jenny Mathers, a Russia expert at Aberystwyth University, told me.
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