Voice Of Europe
January 10, 2019
The Trump administration has downgraded the diplomatic status of the EU in Washington, without informing Brussels, officials confirmed on Tuesday.
The downgrade reverses an Obama administration decision in 2016 to grant the EU an enhanced diplomatic role in Washington, and is being seen in Brussels as a snub reflecting a general antipathy to the EU in the Trump administration.
The change, potentially means that the EU mission would have less clout and access to US officials.
“We understand that there was a recent change in the way the diplomatic precedence list is implemented by the United States’ protocol.”, Maja Kocijančič, spokeswoman for EU foreign affairs and security policy, said.
She added: “We were not notified of any change.”
This article was posted: Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 7:49 am