Amerikansk udenrigspolitik under Donald Trump – brud og kontinuitet

Kristine Kjærsgaard

 What has the election of US president Donald Trump changed in terms of foreign policy for Denmark, and for Europe more generally?


President Trump has indeed provoked politicians and commentators worldwide: most recently with remarks on British politicians and Brexit during his visit to the UK; as well as by raising tariffs to 25% on $200 billion of Chinese goods and preparing tariffs on another $300 billion, in effect almost all Chinese exports to the United States. The US President has in various ways challenged established approaches to international politics. Trump was elected on a promise of change – a promise he has maintained also after his inauguration. However, his foreign policy during his two first years in office is characterized not only by change, but also by continuity (for instance the fight against ISIS) and sometimes by a reinforcement of existing policies. An example of the latter is the American demand for burden sharing in NATO. Denmark is among the recipients of such a demand. However, Denmark has managed only partially to meet this requirement. Furthermore, Denmark has maintained its widely multilateral approach to international relations. Hence, Trump has not upended Danish foreign policy.


Kristine’s article (in Danish) can be retrieved here:

Kjaesgaard Kristine, “Amerikans udenrigspolitik under Donald Trump – brud og kontinuitet”, Oekonomi og Politik, 92, 1, April 2019, p. 44-55.


Photo credit: Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead