Donald Tusk, the European Council president, has told EU countries to prepare for “worst case scenarios” as relations with the US under Donald Trump rapidly deteriorate.Mr. Tusk wrote to EU states setting out his concern amid a growing trade war, but said “divisions” also go further and that Mr. Trump’s behavior threatens the West’s unity.Senior EU officials at a briefing later in the day fleshed out his message, saying the US president’s approach to international politics is “very dangerous” and represented the start of a new “worrying” American doctrine.
- Divulge more highly classified information, as he did in his Oval Office meeting with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador;
- Signal that we are willing to back away from sanctions while Russia still occupies Ukraine;
- Suggest that we’re less than enthusiastic about defending our NATO allies in Eastern Europe (thereby tempting Putin to gobble up a Baltic state or two);
- Give Putin preferential trade promises while the United States and the European Union engage in a trade war;
- Exhibit nonchalance about Russia meddling in our election as well as the elections of our allies, thereby encouraging Putin to do more of the same;
- Reveal his complete ignorance of and lack of interest in Syria, where Russia is solidifying its presence along with its Iranian junior partners;
- Suggest Russia (and others) won’t be sanctioned for continuing to operate under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (giving Iran the benefits of the deal but theoretically not holding them to obligations); and
- Make agreements or promises to Putin of which only the two of them are aware, thereby deepening the level of intrigue and the influence that Putin seems to wield over Trump.