No friends, no enemies? Trans-Atlantic relations after Trump’s Europe trip
Ireland in Europe and the world: A conversation with Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar
The challenge of Brexit: A conversation with Irish Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe
[Trump] didn't say one word about Ukraine and he had to be briefed on this stuff. The only person to say that the United States says the annexation of Crimea wasn't legal and disagrees with Russia was the president of Russia. The overall contrast [with Trump's criticisms of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister Theresa May, and the EU earlier in the trip] coupled with Trump's inability to say Russia had done anything to contribute to the downturn of US-Russia relations, either way it's scary. Either he forgot there's a problem or he wasn't willing. He would have had no problem listing his grievances against Germany, but against Putin, he's not capable of saying anything.
If Trump truly wanted to emulate Churchill, he would celebrate the peace and prosperity of Europe and seek to strengthen rather than destroy trans-Atlantic ties.
[President Trump's] boosterism for Britain’s departure from the European Union smacks of unseemly opportunism...The reality is that Brexit is now the law of the land. And the U.S. is acting now not like an ally but like a predator.
[Bidding for a seat on the U.N. Security Council] lets Ireland be proactive rather than sitting in a reactive spot [as it waits for Britain to determine its preferences for the future U.K.-EU relationship].