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How the election of Donald Trump may change US foreign policy: Isolationism or demagoguery?
Donald Trump’s foreign policy rhetoric has worried European elites and pundits since the start of his campaign for the presidency of the United States. Reactions from EU leaders in the wake of his election have been reserved at best. For instance, French President Francois Hollande said Mr Trump's victory "opens a period of uncertainty" (BBC, 9 November 2016) after previously stating that his excesses make one “want to retch” (The Guardian, 3 August 2016) while Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi made his support for Hillary Clinton clear (Balmer, 2016). Additionally, German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier warned that a Trump presidency would lead to "many uncertainties for the trans-Atlantic relationship” (Goulard, 2016) and president of the European Parliament Martin Schultz anticipated that working with Trump would be “harder than the previous administration” (Kroet, 2016). In Europe, Mr. Trump’s election was m