Boris Johnson, the British foreign minister views Donald Trump as being someone that the Britain and European Union would be able to do business with, despite the EU divisions that Trump’s victory created.
At the beginning of Obama’s term, he made a number of foreign trips, which critics labelled as being an “apology tour”. Now, Obama is making foreign trips that are being called a humility tour. This week, the president is visiting Germany, Peru, and Greece to deal with a number of different American issues. Each of them will be a part of the next president of the U.S., Donald Trump. According to Kurt Volker, “Of course, the Europeans are all mouths agape. How did this happen? What does it mean?” Volker is a former U.S. permanent representative with NATO, during Bush and Obama administrations.
Some of the areas that led to Trump winning the role as president had to do with voters having anxiety about terrorism, migration, and trade. These same issues are a concern in Europe. Volker says, “I think it will be a topic on Obama’s trip. All of our countries are going through this surge of anti-establishment populism.” Obama would remind Americans that there is only “one president at a time”, when he was still the president-elect. The White House aides believe Trump will be running through the tape, until his inauguration. It is also believed that Trump’s election will remain under the same agenda.
Ben Rhodes, the deputy National Security Adviser says, “Look. We certainly expect that the election will be the primary topic on people’s minds, everywhere we go.” Prior to the winner being announced, Obama shared how world leaders were amazed and confused the Trump’s popularity in the presidential race. Now, Obama has to reassure the worried allies that the change in leadership will no change the American interests.