Carl Bildt: Trump could mean the end of the West
Former Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary Carl Bildt says that if Donald Trump follows through on what he said before and during his presidential campaign it would be “the end of the West as we know it”.
Writing in the Washington Post, Bildt said that President-elect Trump had attacked or questioned commitment to freedom and democracy, free trade, solid alliances and reliable friendships that had built the “phenomenal success” of the West over more than half a century.
Bildt, who was foreign minister in the previous government, now describes himself as an “entrepreneur in future and peace” on his Twitter account, which he uses regularly to comment on domestic and global affairs.
He said European leaders had been shocked at Trump’s election victory. The billionaire reality TV star had, in meeting with British anti-Europe campaigner Nigel Farage ahead of any European leaders, “by design or by default” transmitted “a signal of support to those dark forces in various countries trying to undo what generations of US and European statesmen have worked to achieve”.
Bildt said he was concerned about the effect on Europe should the US’s normalising of relations with Russia not come with promises of “rolling back aggression against Ukraine, ceasing silent cyber-operations and respecting the rules agreed upon between nations”.
Trump will take office on 20 January.