U.S. security policy toward Europe: The next phase

President Trump, Chancellor Merkel and IMF Chief Lagarde at the Quebec G7 summit
June 9, 2018: The G7 summit in Quebec was a disaster, but its impact on transatlantic relations matters little compared with U.S. security commitments to Europe (source: dpa)
  • Transatlantic frictions were on display at the G7 summit, but appearances can deceive
  • The Trump administration’s underlying security commitment to Europe remains strong
  • Yet disagreements on missile defense, Iran, tariffs and EU politics won’t be easily resolved

One of the most frequently asked questions about American foreign policy following the election of President Donald J. Trump was what it planned to do about Europe. On the campaign trail, the candidate’s remarks were jarring, confusing and contradictory. His first year in office provided a sharp contrast, as representatives of the new administration did much to reassure Europe of the United States’ commitment to NATO and transatlantic security. But that did little to clarify where Washington planned to take the relationship in the future.

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