The sun sets on Munich, Germany.

The sun sets on Munich, Germany.

Europe welcomed a distinguished delegation of American leaders: Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of Defense General James Mattis and Senator John McCain.

In meetings with other world leaders in Munich and Brussels, they were focused on smoothing international ruffled feathers and calming nerves over Donald Trump’s new “America First” doctrine.

Republican Senator McCain has already broken rank, telling an audience in Germany that the administration of President Trump is in “disarray.”

The French Ambassador to the U.S., Gérard Araud, has also been a fierce critic of the new president. He tells 1A that the rise of the far right in France and interference by Russia in the democratic process amounts to an “existential threat” to the democracy and the future of the European Union.


  • Gerard Araud French ambassador to the United States.
  • Kurt Volker Executive director, The McCain Institute; former U.S. ambassador to NATO; former principal deputy assistant secretary of State for European and Eurasian affairs.
  • Julianne Smith Senior fellow and director of the Strategy and Statecraft Program at the Center for a New American Security; former deputy national security adviser to Vice President Joe Biden.
  • Tom Nuttall Brussels correspondent and Charlemagne columnist for The Economist.

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