President Trump’s recent trip to Europe, while less confrontational than his previous tour, didn’t change his unpredictably antagonistic position for U.S. allies, suggest Julie Pace and Ken Thomas for the San Francisco Chronicle. Particularly his abnormal meeting with Vladimir Putin, in which he failed to reiterate that Russia did in fact try to influence the election, led to a collective shaking of heads. Appearing overly friendly with the Russian leader has worried other nations. The president’s climate policy also brought condemnation from other G20 members. Trump’s may not have made things worse, but he didn’t better an already tense situation.
Trump has put America's growth and strength first, which he shows in tackling the trade deficits that the U.S. has with European nations, argues Michael Czinkota in The Hill. After the Second World War, generous policies were enacted to rebuild Europe and keep Soviet influence at bay. Individual currencies were propped up while reconstruction was encouraged. In the modern day, the geopolitical situation has changed and the U.S. must put its own economy first. Too many European nations still underspend on defense, hiding behind America. Trump has understood that these practices hold back European self-reliance at the cost of America.