During his presidency, Donald Trump openly debated with Washington’s European allies on issues ranging from trade and tariffs to NATO military spending. He also became the first sitting US president to step inside North Korea, as part of a years-long diplomatic campaign to reduce tensions and denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.
European Council President Charles Michel took a jab at former president Donald Trump, suggesting that it would be no exaggeration to say that the US leader spoke to the North Koreans more than he did with Brussels.
Suggesting that the European-US relationship had been “damaged” under Trump, the EC president expressed hope that things will change under his successor, even if Brussels and Washington can’t always have “convergent” views on every issue.
“With Joe Biden, we have the prospect of a more normal, more respectful dialogue…and on several projects like the climate, to have a strong, objective alliance, which is rather positive and exciting,” Michel said. “But at the same time, I am very realistic…The impact of Donald Trump at the internal level did not disappear with Biden taking the oath of office,” he added.
Michel invited Biden to an as yet unscheduled EU summit in November. By contrast, earlier this month, Reuters reported that European diplomats had taken the unprecedented step of refusing to meet with Donald Trump’s secretary of state, Mike Pompeo,…