A Joe Biden presidency would repair most of the damage Trump has done to America’s historic alliance with Europe

A combination picture shows U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speaking during the first 2020 presidential campaign debate, held on the campus of the Cleveland Clinic at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., September 29, 2020.

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Under Trump, relations between the United States and its longstanding European allies have hit a historic low.

Trump’s attacks on European leaders, his withdrawal from multilateral treaties and his wider ‘America First’ policy have resulted in torn alliances and incredibly low public perceptions of the country’s leadership among most Europeans.

One poll this week showed a large majority of Europeans rating Trump’s handling of the presidency as “terrible.” The same poll also found a large majority would like his challenger Joe Biden to win in November.

By contrast, Biden has made it clear that he would seek to reverse Donald Trump’s legacy on foreign policy if he wins the presidency in November.

The former Vice President has signaled his intention to rejoin the Paris climate agreement while restoring wider relations with the United States’ traditional partners, which have been badly damaged under the president’s leadership.

“Biden’s presidency, internationally speaking, would be a conscious effort to repudiate Trump’s legacy, especially the attacks on US allies, the rhetorical posturing, the neglect of the multilateral system, the withdrawal from the Paris accord and the Iran deal,” Dalibor Roháč, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and an expert on US-European relations told Business Insider.

As the prospect of a victory in November for Biden in November increases, we take a look at how a victory for the Democratic candidate might impact on relations between the US and Europe.

Restoring America’s old alliances

Trump signaled a dramatic shift in rhetorical tone towards the European Union from his predecessor Barack Obama, repeatedly threatening tariff wars with the bloc and complaining that its position on trade was “worse than China.”

“Europe has been treating us very badly,” he said in February this year. “Over the last 10, 12 years, there’s been a tremendous deficit with Europe. They have barriers that are incredible … So we’re going to be starting that. They know that.”

Relations haven’t improved since, and the transatlantic trade dispute continues to rumble, with the World Trade Organisation last week approving the EU’s plan to place tariffs on $4 billion of US exports over illegal government aid handed by Washington to Boeing, the aircraft maker.

Biden’s camp has made it clear that it would take concrete steps to end what Tony Blinken, Biden’s senior foreign policy adviser, calls Trump’s “artificial trade war” with the EU, at the same time as working to address what he called “imbalances” in trade between the partners.

“We need to bring to an end an artificial trade war that the Trump administration has started … that has been poisoning economic relations, costing jobs, increasing costs for consumers,” Blinken said at an online event in September.

In truth, however, tensions between the US and Europe predate Trump. He has merely served to exacerbate them. 

“To some extent, Trump has been a manifestation of deeper underlying trends in US foreign policy,” the AEI’s Dalibor Roháč told Business Insider.

“Like Obama, the Trump administration has not had a very keen interest in Europe or its security, for example. That is …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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