For the first time in its history, NATO does not have a strong, principled American leader to guide it.
Nicholas BurnsOne of the most treacherous crimes in history occurred 80 years ago today—Hitler’s invasion of Poland, with Stalin’s complicity, to start WWII. I reflect on the price paid by Poland+the Baltic States and lessons for us today for @TheAtlantic
The president said on Twitter that he was reacting to the Danish prime minister’s rejection of his interest in buying Greenland from Denmark.
Nicholas BurnsA petulant Trump bullies and belittles #NATO ally Denmark because it won’t sell him Greenland. For the first time in its 70-year history, NATO lacks a strong, principled leader in the White House. Shameful.
Greek resilience through crisis demonstrates that reports of democracy’s demise are exaggerated.
Nicholas Burns“A new day in Greece”. Populists thrown out. Democracy ascendent. Anti-Americanism in the past. #Greece survived its disastrous decade. As a former U.S. Ambassador in Athens, I can only marvel at this very welcome transformation. @NYTimesCohen
The President has reframed America, stripping it of its ideals, dumbing it down, and reducing it to a nation at war against people who want to join it.
Nicholas Burns“The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services dropped the phrase “Nation of Immigrants” from its mission statement.”, per Masha Gessen. The continued demonization of immigrants by the Trump Administration.
Ambassador David M. Friedman opened the door to American acceptance of Israel’s annexation of parts of the West Bank, a move that would violate international law.
Nicholas BurnsThis is dangerous. For an American Ambassador to argue that Israel has the right to annex parts of the West Bank is irresponsible. It is contrary to international law and the standard of justice every American administration has defended for decades.
President Trump’s audience with Prime Minister Viktor Orban will be a meeting of like minds. It’s also an effort to get Mr. Orban to prioritize U.S. interests.
Nicholas BurnsThe timing of Trump’s meeting with Hungary’s Viktor Orban not coincidental. Anti-democratic populists led by Orban are contesting critical European Parliamentary elections. Trump is signaling support for them as he disavows our true friends—Merkel, Macron
Marie Yovanovitch stepping down as ambassador follows attacks from both right-wing media figures in the United States and a senior Ukrainian official.
Nicholas BurnsShame on the Trump Administration for recalling Ambassador Masha Yovanovitch from Ukraine. She is one of our finest Senior Foreign Service Ambassadors. More evidence of the damage being done to career officers. Foreign Policy
As homeland security secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen became increasingly worried about Russian attempts to influence the 2020 election. But she couldn’t discuss it at high-level White House meetings.
Nicholas BurnsLike many, I’ve been concerned by much of what President Trump has done+not done in office. But this report that his advisors won’t risk his wrath by raising with him Russia’s assault on our elections is truly and deeply disturbing. - The New York Times
The Mueller team ultimately decided not to charge the president, citing numerous legal and factual constraints, but pointedly declined to exonerate him.
Nicholas Burns“The Russian government interfered in the 2016 Presidential election in sweeping and systematic fashion.” This is one of the Mueller Report’s key findings. A normal President would do something about it. The New York Times
American-backed forces took the last remnant of territory under Islamic State rule in Syria, but signs of the group’s resurgence are already visible.
Nicholas BurnsThe fall of ISIS in Syria a significant victory for the global coalition. The Trump+Obama Administrations deserve credit as do our many allies, particularly the Syrian Kurds. But ISIS cells survive+may multiply again. - The New York Times
Exclusive: Full Text of Declaration of Former Senior U.S. Officials on National Emergency Declaration for Southern Border.
Nicholas BurnsThere is no basis in fact for Pres. Trump’s declaration of National Emergency on our border with #Mexico. I am proud to stand in opposition with a bipartisan group of former senior USG officials. This is an abuse of Presidential power. | Just Security
More than two years into his administration, the disconnect between President Trump and the Republican establishment on foreign policy has rarely been as stark.
Nicholas BurnsAn extraordinary moment to see a President repudiated by his own government and party on NATO, Afghanistan, Syria, North Korea, Iran. Time for Congress to steer U.S Foreign policy.- The New York Times
The president’s repeatedly stated desire in private to withdraw from the alliance has raised concerns among officials who fear he may revisit the threat.
Nicholas BurnsThat Trump has considered pulling the U.S. out of #NATO confirms once again how unfit he is to be President. Nothing could be more harmful to American security and more beneficial to Putin’s—The New York Times
One of Israel’s most prolific writers, he published numerous works of both fiction and nonfiction, and his writing was translated into more than 35 languages.
Nicholas BurnsSad news from #Israel. One of its greatest authors—Amos Oz—has passed away. I admired his books and his commitment to peace with Palestinians and the Arab world. - The New York Times
President Trump made the decision at the same time he decided he was pulling American forces out of Syria, one official said.
Nicholas BurnsTrump now withdrawing half of our forces in Afghanistan and all from Syria. We should try to end both wars but we’ll have little leverage to do so if we are in full retreat. He is doing enormous damage to our strength and credibility. Amateur hour.
The Trump administration announced punishing economic penalties on Iran, but is waiving them on oil imports by eight countries it did not identify.
Nicholas BurnsDiplomatic malpractice. Trump hurt the U.S. by leaving the Deal that blocked Iran’s nuclear program. By not extending sanctions waivers to EU countries, he now deepens the divide with our closest allies. The New York Times