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Donald Trump, Melania Trump, Emmanuel Macron and Brigitte Macron at a D-Day commemoration ceremony in Normandy. U.S. President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte Macron, attend a ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day, Normandy, France, June 6, 2019 (pool photo by Ian Langsdon via AP Images).

Trump, in His Own Mad Way, Has Forced a Real Debate Over Trans-Atlantic Ties

Monday, June 10, 2019

Last week, President Donald Trump joined world leaders to commemorate Operation Overlord, history’s most ambitious amphibious invasion and a portent of the extensive U.S. international engagement that was to come in the wake of World War II. The pageantry of the event, which marked the 75th anniversary of D-Day, and the poignancy of the Normandy landings’ last surviving veterans, could not conceal the brutal truth: The ties that have bound the United States to its European partners in the decades since that war are badly frayed.

For the first time in the postwar era, an American president has repeatedly undermined trans-Atlantic solidarity and the open, rules-based international order built upon it. It will be up to Trump’s successor to persuade Americans that modest U.S. global retrenchment need not imply jettisoning the free and open world that the allied invasion of Normandy made possible. ...

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