After seventy years of broad solidarity in the United States for the transatlantic relationship, it has become evident that friction is mounting on both sides of the Atlantic. While the United States remains committed to European security through NATO and considers Europeans as its allies, US grand strategy and global engagement are increasingly focused on the rise of China. At the same time, European leaders have expressed concerns that the United States’ interest in Europe is declining. As the transatlantic relationship is undergoing a period of change, the US presidential elections of 2020 represent a critical opportunity for both sides. To ensure the strength of the relationship for the next seventy years, the policies and discourse in the transatlantic space need to properly reflect the needs of both Europe
and the United States.