Donald Trump often wades into the domestic politics of foreign countries. Sometimes he does it publicly, and sometimes he does it behind the scenes. Foreign governments have even, on occasion, asked him to tone down his running Twitter commentary on their national political decisions.
Why shouldn’t Europeans have an opinion on domestic US politics? EU politicians are certainly not beyond making the odd reference to the brouhaha across the Atlantic; in an extraordinarily candid speech, outgoing EU Council President Donald Tusk joked that he could finally speak his mind freely because it was too late to “impeach Donald, at least the European one.”
President Trump hasn’t exactly had the closest relationship with Europe. From NATO spending, to climate change, to steel and aluminium tariffs, it’s fair to say the EU-US relationship been a slightly bumpy ride in recent years. Would things change if Trump were impeached? Vice President Mike Pence, who would take over should Trump be removed from office, certainly isn’t a closet Europhile.
In reality, it looks like impeachment will fall, predictably, along party lines. Democrats in the House will likely vote to impeach and Republicans in the Senate will likely vote not to remove Trump from office. So, is it just popcorn politics? In which case, what do you think?
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