President elect Donald Trump’s win prods European diplomats to seek greater role

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2016 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Hershey, Pa. Trump is scheduled to go on trial this month in a class-action lawsuit against him and his now-defunct Trump University, potentially taking the witness stand weeks before his inauguration as president of the United States. U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, the Indiana-born jurist who was accused of bias by Trump during the campaign for his Mexican heritage, will hold a hearing Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, on jury instructions and what evidence to allow at trial. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2016 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Hershey, Pa. Trump is scheduled to go on trial this month in a class-action lawsuit against him and his now-defunct Trump University, potentially taking the witness stand weeks before his inauguration as president of the United States. U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, the Indiana-born jurist who was accused of bias by Trump during the campaign for his Mexican heritage, will hold a hearing Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, on jury instructions and what evidence to allow at trial. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)

BRUSSELS (AP) – Britain’s foreign secretary says Donald Trump’s U.S. presidency could be a “moment of opportunity” for Europe, even as other EU diplomats worry about Trump’s isolationist, protectionist promises.

Boris Johnson spoke today before EU foreign ministers’ talks in Brussels. The top diplomats held a special meeting Sunday night about the U.S. election, and they hope to boost Europe’s role in world affairs until Trump’s plans become clearer.

Johnson, who championed Britain’s exit from the EU, said Trump “is a deal maker and I think that could be a good thing for Britain, but it can also a good thing for Europe. I think that’s what we need to focus on today.”

Other foreign ministers said Europe should focus on boosting its own defense, tensions with Turkey and war in Syria.

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