>> US Vice President Mike Pence was in Brussels on Monday and pledged America's steadfast and enduring commitment to the European Union. But sources that I've been speaking to tell me that the chief strategist in the White House Steve Bannon met with the German embassador in Washington a week before Pence's trip to Brussels and sent a very different message.
I'm Noah Barkin, European special correspondent For Reuters, in Berlin. My sources tell me, that Bannon told the German ambassador, Peter Wittig, that he favored bilateral relations with individual European states, rather than dealing with the EU, as a whole. He also conveyed the message that he viewed the EU as a deeply flawed construct.
This has caused anxiety in Berlin. Where people are worried that the Trump administration may actively work to undermine the EU. President Donald Trump has called Britain's decision to leave the EU a wonderful thing. We have elections coming up In the Netherlands, France, and Germany this year. And the nightmare scenario for Europe is that the Trump administration actively supports anti EU populist politicians in these elections.
Experts say if this happened, it would cause a major transatlantic crisis.