Wednesday, August 4

What happened on Capitol Hill for the image of the United States in the world

  • Jonathan Marcus
  • Defense and Diplomacy Correspondent


What impact will the scenes seen on Capitol Hill have on US relations and image abroad?

Many world leaders, and especially Washington’s allies, will have viewed this week’s events on Capitol Hill with awe and alarm.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg was one of the first to respond, tweeting: “Shocking scenes in Washington DC. The outcome of this democratic election must be respected.”

Who could have imagined such a comment, coming from the alliance’s top official, addressed to its main member state?

It’s the kind of thing you’d expect Stoltenberg to tell you to Belarus or Venezuela.

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