US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has canceled his trip to Europe. According to reports in European media, Pompeo had to take this step due to anti-Trump sentiment in Europe following the attack of supporters of US President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill (Parliament House) on January 6 in Washington. Trump was directly blamed by many European leaders for that attack. The incident has also been prevalent in the European media and Trump has been at the center of constant criticism.
Pompeo was to travel to Brussels and Luxembourg. Pompeo’s office has officially reported that the US Secretary of State has canceled his visit due to the ongoing process of handing over power to the Joe Biden administration. But the program of transfer of power was in advance. Despite that, Pompeo’s visit was planned. According to reports published in European media, after the incident of January 6, there was a strong reaction around the world, especially in the US allied countries. Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Eslborn called Trump a “criminal” to instigate the attack. He told a radio channel that Trump is a frenzied person who should be tried in court.
According to news agency Reuters and the American TV channel Fox News, Luxembourg refused to host Pompeio. Luxembourg is a small country. His move has been seen as a huge insult to the Trump administration and the US.
Pompeo was to arrive in Brussels on a trip to Belgium. Here he was to meet the Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmus. While the attack on Capitol Hill was continuing, Wilmus in a tweet described the sight as shocking. He had said that the pictures coming from Capitol Hill were going to hurt democratic ideals. Wilmus said – This shows the serious challenge facing elected President Joe Biden. They face the challenge of uniting American society for a common purpose. We are confident that they will be able to do so.
Analysts say that it became difficult for Pompeo to come to Belgium in view of these comments. He canceled the trip in view of these uncomfortable situations. In fact, anti-Trump sentiment is not only spread across Belgium or Luxembourg, but across Europe. North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg described the Capitol Hill incident as shocking. He also said that the results of the democratic elections must be accepted. This was against the attitude of Trump and Pompeo. Pompeo had a dinner meeting with Stoltenberg in Brussels.
According to a news agency, several European Union officials refused to meet him at the time of Pompeo’s last tour of Europe. However, the European Union denied this news.
Brussels is the capital of Belgium as well as the headquarters of NATO and the European Union. During the last three years, Pompeo was strongly welcomed whenever he came here. But now the atmosphere has changed. According to analysts, he realized this during his last trip to Europe. Recent responses confirmed that many countries in the world are not willing to host a representative of the Trump administration. In such a situation, canceling the trip seemed to Pompeo to be the appropriate option.