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Trump Snubs the EU – Downgrades EU status in the US without telling Brussels

Trump Snubs the EU – Downgrades EU status in the US without telling Brussels
January 14
22:29 2019

The Trump administration has angered EU officials by downgrading its diplomatic status in Washington. Officials have reported that he did so without even informing Brussels.
The move reversed a decision that was made by Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama in 2016 which upgraded the EU’s status to that of a nation state. President Trump’s snub, which downgraded the bloc’s status back down to an international organization, reflects his antipathy toward the European Union.

This snub is the latest aggravation in relations between the US and the EU since Trump took office. Under the Trump Administration, the US has quarreled with the EU on a host of issues, including the Iran nuclear deal, trade, the Paris climate agreement, and others.

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Since assuming office in 2016, Trump has hardly been shy in expressing his disdain for the EU or for his support for the UK’s decision to leave the political union. For a long time now, Trump has regularly clashed with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, two of the EU’s most powerful heads of state.

In the past, Trump has gone as far as to describe the European Union as a ‘foe.’

EU spokesperson Maja Kocijancic, in a statement given on Tuesday the 8th of January, said, “We were not notified of any change. We expect the diplomatic practice established some years ago to be observed.”

She added, “we remain, natural partners, natural friends, and our friendship with the US is here to stay.”

Two additional diplomats from the EU have confirmed the downgrade. One stated that it was improbable that the bloc would retaliate due to its desire for amicable relations.

The US and the EU have the world’s most significant bilateral trade relationship. According to data from the European Union, US investment in the bloc is three times higher than it is in Asia.

So, what changes as a result of the downgrade? Well, not all that much.

EU diplomats who are based in Washington will be less likely to be invited to events that are high-profile. In general, they will have lower status and less importance than they did under Obama.

Nicholas Burns, a neoconservative baby boomer, who worked as the Under Secretary of State for political affairs in the George W. Bush administration, described the actions taken by the Trump administrations as “a gratuitous and an entirely unreasonable swipe at the EU.”

He added, “It coincides with Trump’s campaign to depict the EU as a competitor, and not a partner of the US. It continues the administration’s delegitimization of international organizations and the supranational organization that is the EU.”
I say, the delegitimization of international organizations like the World Bank, IMF, and European Union is long overdue, and should continue at full speed ahead.

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12 Comments

  1. thinkr2
    thinkr2 January 15, 19:24

    I agree with you. The EU is not democratic and is not constrained by the kind of protections in our Constitution in its actions toward member nation states and their people and businesses. It is actually more like the old USSR than the US.

    European nations would be better off without it. Lack of economic barriers and freedom of travel in Europe could and should be negotiated without the bureaucracy, taxation and oppression of the unelected EU elitists.

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  2. Duane
    Duane January 15, 19:31

    I agree with you. The EU is NOT democratic. Member nation states and their citizens and businesses do NOT have the kinds of protections that we have in our Constitution.

    Europeans would be better off without the EU. Barriers to trade and travel could and should be negotiated between the countries of Europe WITHOUT the bureaucracy, taxation and oppression of the unelected, elitist EU aristocrats.

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    • Katie Duckworth
      Katie Duckworth January 15, 20:58

      Yes, you are so right — these international organizations e.g. The World Bank, The IMF, and the EU are not Nation States nor should they be accorded such status. The IMF and WB wield enormous power and their top level people live like kings when they visit the very poor countries they are supposed to be helping. The United Nations is another organization which has been trying for years to have a say in the governance of the US especially with such plans as Agenda 21 and Agenda 30. The UN wants to tell us where we can live, etc. in our own country!

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    • TA1
      TA1 January 16, 03:34

      Neither is NATO. Neither is SEATO. Neither is NAFTA.

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  3. Jeff
    Jeff January 16, 00:16

    I absolutely agree with the Trump administration. It is imperative that he deals with other nations one-on-one. If the EU intercedes, then, with respect, deal with them as a secondary entity. It has been over 3 years since the Brexit vote, and the bureaucrats still have not released them.

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    • TA1
      TA1 January 16, 03:33

      ever hear of NATO cowboy? It’s not like the USA has not acted on its own behalf as well as a member of a group. Another of which would be the OAS which probably has existed since before you were born.

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      • toddy
        toddy January 16, 04:02

        You mean the NATO that the USA was footing most of the bill for??? Yeah, Trump took care of that; bless his diplomatic talent!!!

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  4. TA1
    TA1 January 16, 03:31

    trump’s diplomatic talents amount to the antics of a spoiled five year old dictator.

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  5. toddy
    toddy January 16, 03:58

    Trump’s diplomatic talents amount to a president who is actively involved in the best interests of the USA! Suck it up, Bozo!!

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  6. Amerisu
    Amerisu January 26, 01:07

    Right on, toddy!

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  7. Amerisu
    Amerisu January 26, 01:09

    Right on, Toddy! And Macron and Merkel need to listen to their citizens!

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