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U.S. Unrest Further Strains Trump’s Ties With Global Allies

Greg Priddy
Director, Global Energy and Middle East, Stratfor
Jun 15, 2020 | 10:00 GMT
Protesters in New York City kneel at an intersection to demand an end to systemic racism and police brutality on June 11, 2020.

Protesters in New York City kneel at an intersection to demand an end to systemic racism and police brutality on June 11, 2020. Mass demonstrations have continued across the United States since the May 25 killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer.

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Global U.S. allies are increasingly condemning the White House’s heavy-handed response to the nationwide protests following George Floyd’s death, suggesting a further erosion of U.S. leadership that could compromise Washington’s ability to find consensus on its controversial agenda of multilateral economic and security issues. Commentary from reputable news outlets and elite opinion-makers in Europe over the past week have questioned whether American internal polarization and discord would weaken its ability to function as a reliable ally. Increasingly irritated with the White House’s break from long-standing diplomatic norms, European governments appear to be translating opinion into policy action by challenging Trump’s proposed adjustments to the Group of Seven (G-7) summit and U.S. military posture in Europe. ...

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