Wasn’t the Biden administration supposed to be filled with sophisticated people from elite think tanks with PhDs who would know how to repair relations after Donald Trump insulted everyone by asking them to pay their fair share for their defense?
According to the Washington Post:
The rift between the Biden administration and the oldest U.S. ally widened Friday, as French President Emmanuel Macron ordered the recall of France’s ambassador to Washington in response to this week’s announcement of a secretly negotiated U.S.-British deal to sell nuclear-powered submarines to Australia.
What he called “a new partnership” excluding France, and the resulting cancellation of a $66 billion Australian contract to buy diesel-powered French submarines, “constitute unacceptable behavior among allies and partners,” Le Drian said in a statement.
France also recalled its ambassador to Australia.
In a statement, the White House played down the breach. “We have been in close touch with our French partners. . . . We understand their position and will continue to be engaged in the coming days to resolve our differences, as we have done at other points over the course of our long alliance,” National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne said in a statement.
But France indicated that things would not be easily mended. The consequences of the U.S. action, Le Drian said, “affect the very concept we have of our alliances, our partnerships, and the importance of the Indo-Pacific for Europe.” He said he had recalled Ambassador Philippe Etienne back to Paris “at the request of President Macron,” effective immediately and lasting indefinitely.