Early voting has already started in the 2020 US Presidential election. In European capitals, the contest will be watched closely. It’s safe to say that President Trump has had a strained relationship with his EU allies, publicly berating them for everything from trade tariffs to defence spending, arguing that European countries are habitually taking advantage of American generosity.
It’s sometimes difficult for outsiders to keep up with the twists and turns of US politics. The latest surprise in a long list of surprises was the dramatic announcement that President Trump and his wife had tested positive for COVID-19, focusing attention on his handling of the pandemic as the campaign enters its final month. He has now been discharged from hospital and seems to be recovering. Nevertheless, it is unclear what this will mean for his re-election prospects.
What do our readers think? We had a comment sent in by Jon, who is worried about another four years of Donald Trump: “Take a look at what President Trump has done during his first four years in office. His coronavirus response has been a disaster, and he has damaged America’s relationships with their most important allies: the EU, NATO, and the UN.” Is he right? Can EU-US relations survive another four years of Donald Trump?
To get a response, we spoke to Susi Dennison, senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations and director of ECFR’s European Power programme. What would she say to Jon’s comment?
For another perspective, we put the same comment to Jamie Shea, Senior Fellow at Friends of Europe and a former Deputy Assistant Secretary General of NATO’s Emerging Security Challenges Division (ESCD). How would he respond?
Finally, we had a comment come in from Victor, who argues that – should Trump lose the 2020 election – the EU should definitely try to normalise relations with the US. However, he also believes much of the damage done cannot be repaired, and he doubts things will ever return to the way they were before Trump. Can EU-US relations return to normal after Trump?
How would Susi Dennison respond?
Can EU-US relations survive another four years of Donald Trump? Can EU-US relations return to normal after Trump? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!