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

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).
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).
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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 […]

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