Politik

Donald Trumps USA: EU-politiker odlar kontakter med blåa delstater, Karin Olofsdotter i Pittsburgh

Problemet med den svenska USA-bilden är att den har varit så selektiv och idealiserad. Det har varit New York och Wall Street, Hollywood och Silicon Valley. USA så som man ha velat att det skulle se ut för att passa in som en förebild för Sverige. Allt annat har sopats under mattan.

Michael Birnbaum och Greg Jaffe skriver i Washington Post hur desperata EU-politiker nu vänder sig till de blåa demokratiska delstatsregeringarna för att etablera kontakter som en motvikt mot Donald Trumps kaosartade Washington:

Many world leaders say they have no illusions that they can avoid the White House on critical issues at the core of global stability, especially those related to security. But they have embraced efforts by Democratic governors and mayors to present a different face of U.S. power to the world, albeit at a lower level than the White House or State Department.

Many world leaders say they have no illusions that they can avoid the White House on critical issues at the core of global stability, especially those related to security. But they have embraced efforts by Democratic governors and mayors to present a different face of U.S. power to the world, albeit at a lower level than the White House or State Department.

“There is an impression by politicians here that President Trump in person is no longer the voice of the free Western world,” said Christian Ehler, a German lawmaker who heads the European Parliament’s delegation for relations with the United States and helped broker Brown’s visit to Brussels. “We are much more carefully looking now to the diversity of what is being discussed in the United States, and we see that California is one of the powerhouses of the world economically.”
European leaders said they have been frustrated by the Trump administration’s unprecedented slowness in filling senior political jobs at the State Department and Pentagon, which has given them few policy interlocutors in Washington.
Ambassadors complain that even when they can secure meetings with administration officials, the policy is often unclear.

Även Sveriges USA-ambassadör Karin Olofsdotter har försökt förstå Donald Trumps USA genom att besöka Pittsburgh.

Greg Jaffe skriver i Washington Post: The Swedish ambassador’s search for answers in Trump country

The new Swedish ambassador to the United States was wedged into the back seat of a Honda Civic headed south out of Pittsburgh in search of some true-believing, climate-change-denying, anti-free-trade, “America first” Trump voters.

On one side of Ambassador Karin Olofsdotter sat a former German defense minister and on the other a Washington think-tanker, a former Obama White House official who had organized the Trump country excursion.

Olofsdotter was only a couple of months into her stint as Sweden’s ambassador and still struggling to make sense of a country that seemed as though it had been flipped upside down politically since her last U.S. tour six years ago, when she was the embassy’s second-in-command. From her car window on a late October afternoon, she watched as stately stone houses, built during the steel booms of an earlier era, gave way to the sleepy, well-lit strip malls of Peters Township and the Pittsburgh suburbs.

Att man etablerar kontakter med USA:s delstater är enbart bra, speciellt med Kalifornien som i alla fall är världens sjätte eller sjunde största ekonomi. Däremot går det inte att strunta i extremisterna i Washington. Tyvärr.