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The European leaders wrote that they look forward to working with the new administration to bolster the transatlantic alliance. “As your treaty-bound allies, we appeal to Americans in the new U.S. Administration and Congress to stand firm in the defense of our common goals and interests: peace, Atlantic strength, and freedom,” they say in their letter. They warn that if Trump decides to go the other way and join forces with Putin, there will be severe negative consequences for both Europe and the United States.
Their plea to Trump is similar to an open letter that several Central and Eastern European leaders wrote to President Obama shortly after he took office in 2009. Obama pursued a “reset” of U.S. relations with Russia, which alarmed the Eastern European leaders that the European countries would lose faith in the United States and that the transatlantic relationship might be weakened.