Trump Administration Sets the Right Tone for the Future of US-EU Relationship by American Opportunity President & CEO Jim Gilmore:
“Deeds. Not Words.”
If there was any global speculation or misinterpretation of President Trump’s commitment to a stronger EU-US relationship, the Trump Administration actions these past weeks make it very clear that President Trump views the EU as a priority on his foreign policy agenda.
By sending his top Administration officials, Vice President Pence, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, and Defense Secretary Mattis to Europe last month – and earlier Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to the G-20 Ministerial, President Trump extends a firm American handshake to our European Allies and
effectively demonstrates the Trump Administration’s priority for a prosperous and secure EU. As a successful and effective global business leader, President Trump knows well the value of an economically viable EU to our own American economy. President
Trump’s support for EU prosperity and security is the right policy. Vice President Pence and Secretary Mattis also entreated our European allies to step up their contribution and support in NATO – holding them to make good on their required Article 3 commitments of spending 2% of their GDP on defense. While the US contributes nearly twice our required commitment, only four other countries of the 28 meet their national commitments.
Putting America first, Vice President Pence’s remarks that “The president of the United States and the American people expect our European allies to keep their word and do more” signaled the end of the laissez faire relationship the US held with Europe the past eight years and the beginning a stronger relationship built on trust and accountability. Though not widely covered by the press, President Trump also underscored the American compassion for and historical relationship with Europe. In remarks at NATO headquarters, Secretary Mattis affirmed to Europe that, "Americans cannot care more for your children's security than you do. Disregard for military readiness demonstrates a lack of respect for ourselves, for the alliance and for the freedoms we inherited, which are now clearly threatened.”
Again, a clear message from President Trump of the value and importance his Administration affords to the EU. President Trump’s deeds extend to his choice of Lt General McMaster as National Security Adviser. McMaster’s well regarded expertise on Russian aggression and contributions to the Russia New Generation Warfare Study should certainly resonate well with our European allies, as well as emphasize President Trump’s stance against Russian occupancy in Crimea.
As President Trump continues to build his Administration, expect his appointments to key posts related to strengthening US-EU relationship to reflect this tone of fortitude, priority, and collaboration competently set in this first 100 days of office. Not only at State Department headquarters – but, critical diplomatic posts in Europe such as OECD, EU, Brussels, and Germany will deliver Trump Administration’s message of America’s commitment to a strengthened US-EU relationship.