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.
Read the full op-ed here.