Discussion “Donald Trump‘s Vision of Transatlantic Relationship”

On July 23 in Eastern Europe Studies Centre a discussion “Donald Trump‘s Vision of Transatlantic Relationship” was held, during which American historian Michael Kimmage, along with Lithuanian and foreign journalists, politicians, analysts discussed US relations with Europe, the current US President Donald Trump’s foreign and domestic policy strategy, and the significance of the Helsinki Summit which took place on July 16.

During the discussion, issues such as the geopolitical US commitment to protecting Europe since 1945, the post-Soviet change in US foreign policy priorities, the role of the Donald Trump and US political structure in relations with Europe and the possible continuation of US policy despite the rhetoric of the Helsinki Summit were discussed.

During the meeting, the participants agreed that the presence of the United States in Europe after the Second World War was beneficial to both parties as it ensured greater stability, security and economic growth. However, it was emphasized that after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the development of the global economy and European mutual reconciliation led to the fact that US residents and politicians no longer saw Europe as the main foreign policy objective. The speaker noted that the outstanding rhetoric of US President Donald Trump, the clarity and simplicity of ideas has led to success in the presidential elections and even guaranteed great trust among the members of the Republican party, but at the same time it is highly doubtful that the US will change its policy course towards Russia and NATO because of the Congress and developed checks and balances system in the country.