Reuters LEAH MILLIS
Robert O’Brien, former US President Donald Trump’s national security advisor, stated that Germany is the European partner with whom relations were the most difficult and complicated for Washington.
“Sometimes we talk about Europe as a whole, but there are separate countries … With the Germans, things are always a bit difficult. They have stronger relations with China and Russia than we want,” O’Brien said during a seminar at the Atlantic Council via video technology.
O’Brien said, “Germany’s interests sometimes differ greatly from those of the United States … and it is one of the difficulties that Jake Sullivan (the new national security advisor) and President Biden will have to deal with.”
For his part, Sullivan admitted that there are difficulties regarding trade issues with European countries, indicating that this will require consultations.
He added that among the tasks facing the new US administration, which it will work on with Europe, will not only be global issues, but also European issues and US domestic issues.