The main story lines as Trump returns to Europe
President Trump has left a wet and soaking Washington Wednesday for his second official visit to Europe.
He landed in Poland on Wednesday for a brief visit before the main item on his agenda: the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg. There, Trump is expected to meet Russia’s face for the first time Vladimir Putin to face.
According to most accounts, Trump’s time at a NATO meeting in Brussels and the Group of Seven summit in Sicily in May did not work. It was characterized by embarrassing public exchanges with their counterparts and European commentaries closed in private.
The following week, apparently annoyed by the enthusiastic remarks of French President Emmanuel Macron balding hands with the President of the United States, Trump decided to look in the nose to Europe and leave the United States agree on the weather in Paris.
The big world puzzle in everyone’s mind is to the east. North Korea’s Independence Day gift to Americans – the first test of an intercontinental ballistic missile – may have been its most provocative move. This provoked a strong rejection of the heads of the USA. And an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on Wednesday.
Nikki Haley, the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, said that the option of using military force against North Korea was on the table. She urged China, whose president will be in Hamburg, to exert more pressure on Pyongyang. He also said that the United States was preparing a resolution to extend sanctions against North Korea.
Chinese and Russian counterparts Haley to the Security Council and did not warn against escalation and pressed for the continuation of the dialogue. Wait for concern about the threat of North Korea to the surface at the top.
On Friday, the biggest interest for many Americans is the tete-a-tete between Trump and Putin, a meeting that has been expected since Trump’s triumph in November. In the following months, Trump’s readiness to improve relations with the Kremlin ran into a house-fire storm of controversy over Russian efforts to break into the US.
Elections and suspicion of collision between members of Trump camp and Russian officials.
“In the foreseeable future, the most important element by far, the program of relations between the United States and Russia will avoid a direct collision, which could lead to war,” said Dmitri Trenin, director of the Moscow Carnegie center, my colleague David Filipov.
According to reports, the aid repeatedly reported to Trump – which clearly seems to oppose preparation – before the meeting. The conflict in Syria and Ukraine, among other thorny issues should be discussed.
However, national security adviser HR McMaster said last week that Trump had no “specific program” for the meeting, and feared that Trump, a rookie in the realpolitik world, where Putin is a master, is sujétisé In problematic discussions.
“You could get all the talk about [Putin] issues and their terms,” said Jon Finer, a former Obama administration official, my colleague David Nakamura.
“There is a lot of nervousness in the White House and the State Department about the meeting and how they manage because they see many potential risks,” said Steven Pifer, former US ambassador to the United States, the New York Times.
“There is a gray cloud for the president of the collusion investigation, so any kind of agreement there will be a scrutiny” Is it a gift to the Russians? “”
As for Russia, Trump has some good options for granting or obtaining concessions from Putin. As some experts have suggested, no agreement can be the best so far.
Before facing the G-20 in Hamburg, Trump will enjoy a happier time in Poland. The nationalist right-wing government of the country is ideologically sympathetic to its form of populism and Warsaw contradicts much of European colonization on a number of issues, including its hostility towards immigrants and asylum seekers.