Trump favors Romania and Poland, to the detriment of France and Germany


Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, who should meet today in Washington with his American counterpart, Donald Trump, this year will be Trump's tenth European leader in the White House. But none of these ten European leaders came from a Western power, the Washington Post notes in an article.

Good relations with the great economic powers of Western Europe have been, for decades, a fundamental element of American politics. Instead, Trump now chose to woo the leaders of Central and Eastern European countries, the article shows.

For Trump, this region is full of economic potential, in terms of energy or arms supply.

Trump is therefore trying to focus on the states of Central Europe, which are seen both as allied countries and as security partners, but also as potential trading partners, as the Washington Post told a senior administration official US.

"Some leaders of Eastern European states, such as Hungary, Poland and now Romania have simply figured out how to talk to Trump and have done so by appealing to his illiberal instinct," says Kelly Magsamen, a former adviser for business. security in the offices of George W. Bush and Obama.

The White House leader has so far met with political leaders from Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Turkey, Hungary and Poland. Iohannis will be the seventh head of state in Central and Eastern Europe.

"Trump likes the idea of ​​undermining the European project, whether it's Brexit or anti-EU sentiment," says the former presidential advisor.

The American leader met the political leaders of the United Kingdom, France or Germany this year, but never in the White House, as shown in the article on the American publication.

web editing: Mihnea Lazar

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