>> A flurry of phone calls between the US President and key American allies this weekend. Donald Trump speaking with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe and Australian Leader Malcolm Turnbull. But despite Trump voicing reassurances over NATO, and the seriousness of the threat from North Korea, foreign diplomats are decidedly unsettled by unanswered questions about the new administration's foreign policy.
Reuters correspondent Warren Strobel.>> I think what we've heard from people we talk to, not just in Washington but in Beijing, in Tokyo, in Brussels is there's a sense that there used to be a shared values, a shared commitment to democracy and rule of law in the US relationship with many of these countries.
Now there's concern that President Trump is gonna be very transactional, that it's all gonna be about business, and money, and finance, and not the shared global order that they're used to.>> Trump's talk of tearing up trade deals, building walls, and questioning military alliances, his fitful transition leaving vacant many senior diplomatic and national security positions.
When rumors swirled through Washington this week that Trump might ease US sanctions on Russia, European diplomats reaching out to the National Security Council to see if the reports were true. But White House officials could not answer the question because they too were left in the dark.>> People in foreign embassies here in Washington and around the world are trying to figure out A, what the policy is, B, who's going to make it and C, when people speak, who do they have to listen to most.
>> This might be bad for international stability, but it's great for Washington lobbying firms, as nations ramp up their spending in an effort to win favor with a seemingly fickle new president.