U.S. President Donald Trump meets French President Emmanuel Macron in New York, September 18, 2017.
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A major storm is looming over the Atlantic, and it might make landfall in the next few months. With European allies' exemption from U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs expiring May 1 and U.S. President Donald Trump's deadline for Europeans to "fix" the Iran nuclear deal arriving shortly thereafter, the United States looks poised to clash with Europe over policies that go against the continent's fundamental interests. Despite the recent U.S., British, and French joint military strikes on Syria's chemical weapons' facilities, on April 14, Europeans are worried about the United States' long-term commitments to stabilizing and rebuilding the Middle East. Allies are left speculating about what the recent personnel reshuffle in the Trump administration will bring forth, bracing for an unchained "America first" foreign policy.

It is in this context that President Emmanuel Macron will make his first state visit to the United States, April 23-25. Not only has

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  • CELIA BELIN is a Visiting Fellow at the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution and a Nonresident Fellow at the Centre Thucydide in Paris. This article is based on a forthcoming Brookings report by the author on French-American relations.
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