The Ugly American: Trump Attends the G6+1 Summit
from The Internationalist and International Institutions and Global Governance Program

The Ugly American: Trump Attends the G6+1 Summit

U.S. President Donald J. Trump arrives at the G7 summit in Charlevoix, Canada on June 8, 2018.
U.S. President Donald J. Trump arrives at the G7 summit in Charlevoix, Canada on June 8, 2018. Leah Mills/Reuters

In an op-ed recently published in the Hill, I write about how Trump’s abdication of American leadership has rendered the G7’s formal summit agenda irrelevant.

The gathering of the G7 members in Quebec this weekend reveals how much damage President Donald Trump has done to the formerly united West. It is not unusual for G7 leaders to deviate from the formal summit agenda, or for global crises to render prepared talking points irrelevant. What is unheard of is for the United States, which has steered the G7 for decades, to play the skunk at the garden party. But that is precisely the role Trump has chosen, to the consternation of alienated U.S. allies. The president’s unilateral security decisions, protectionist policies, and climate denial have done the seemingly impossible task of pitting the United States against the rest of the West.

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Read the full op-ed here.

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