Europe deeply concerned over US' political direction

The most gloomy assumptions of a Trump presidency are becoming reality.
The most gloomy assumptions of a Trump presidency are becoming reality.PHOTO: REUTERS

The resignation of Mr James Mattis as US defence secretary will probably go down as a watershed moment in the history of the transatlantic alliance.

Mr Mattis was the last principled advocate of a strong US-European bond. With him gone, President Donald Trump is free to pursue whatever policy he wants with regard to Europe and other partners.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 24, 2018, with the headline 'Europe deeply concerned over US' political direction'. Print Edition | Subscribe