With the 2016 U.S. Presidential election decided, Donald Trump's presidency will be an important factor in the future of transatlantic cooperation. The policies set by Trump's administration will weigh significantly on how nations on both sides of the Atlantic address shared security, economic and geopolitical challenges. The German Marshall Fund’s convening and policy analysis provide a unique window on the critical foreign policy issues raised by U.S. politics.
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After waking up at 5 a.m. on a Saturday, hunkered down in his sunny vacation home far from the White House, a bleary-eyed president of the United States offered a few thoughts to sum up his mood: “Above all else: Dignity, command, faith, head high, no fear, build a new spirit, drive, act like a President, act like a winner,” he wrote in a staccato stream of consciousness.
Little is more unsettling to a nation than an ally who becomes skeptical of cooperation. Many allies of the United States are now navigating the uncertain terrain of a new, unpredictable U.S. president who is questioning their value. U.S. President Donald Trump’s transactional view of “America First” politics paired with general unpredictability have left allies scrambling.