Executive Intelligence Review

FROM EIR DAILY ALERT


RIIA Fears Americans Agree with Trump, ‘More Accepting’ of Russia, ‘Skeptical’ of NATO

July 20, 2018 (EIRNS)—Her Majesty’s Royal Institute of International Affairs, known as Chatham House, is not pleased with the Helsinki summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. “Trump and Putin Become Partners in Destruction” moaned the heads of the RIIA’s Russia and Eurasia Program, and U.S. and the Americas Program, James Nixey and Leslie Vinjamuri, in their Expert Opinion of July 17.

The biggest strategic threat which concerns the British Empire “experts,” however, is that the American people don’t give a damn about “existing arrangements” of the old British imperial order, but support President Donald Trump’s efforts to break with their order.

“Regardless of how much bad press Trump receives for his foreign policies, these do not seem to have had any real effect on his popularity. In fact, Trump’s messaging on Russia and on NATO have managed to shift public attitudes. This is a key, not a marginal point,”

they warn.

“Trump’s base has become more accepting of Russia.” His supporters

“have also grown more skeptical of the value of NATO.... Ultimately his ability to shift public attitudes, if only among a narrow segment of the population, could create a semblance of legitimacy for more consequential shifts in America’s foreign policy commitments,”

they conclude.

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