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WaPo: Nations Bypass Trump to Work Agenda With Blue States

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Gov. Jerry Brown, D-Calif. (Henning Kaiser/AP)

Sunday, 19 November 2017 03:43 PM

Some foreign nations are bypassing Washington to court California Gov. Jerry Brown and like-minded Democratic leaders in U.S. cities to establish relations, The Washington Post reported.

Besides Brown's recent climate-focused 10-day trip to Europe, the Post also noted several European countries have stationed ambassadors in Silicon Valley to boost trade ties.

"There is an impression by politicians here that President [Donald] Trump in person is no longer the voice of the free Western world," Christian Ehler, a German lawmaker who heads the European Parliament's delegation for relations with the United States — and who helped set up Brown's recent visit — told the Post.

"We are much more carefully looking now to the diversity of what is being discussed in the United States, and we see that California is one of the powerhouses of the world economically."

In addition, state and municipal governments are expanding or building new offices to manage the increased interest in Europe and Asia — including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who created the position of deputy mayor for international affairs to better manage relations with foreign governments, the Post reported.

According to the Post, European leaders say they have been frustrated by the Trump administration's slowness in filling senior political jobs at the State Department and Pentagon.

European leaders also have been frustrated by Trump's June decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement, the Post reported.

"The engagement against climate change must be global," said European Parliament President Antonio Tajani as he spoke at a news conference alongside Brown and senior European officials last week, the Post reported.

"In the United States, there are several governors working in the right direction, even if the Trump government decided to change the line. What they are trying to do in the government of Mr. Brown is very interesting."

Ehler told the Post the federal government used to be the focus on most big issues.

Now when governors and mayors come to visit, "climate change or environmental issues, or regulatory issues, are the focus. Because these issues are dropping down from the capital level to the state or community level," Ehler told the Post.

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The Washington Post reported some foreign nations are bypassing Washington to court California Gov. Jerry Brown and like-minded Democratic leaders in U.S. cities to establish relations.
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