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>> So Trump lost powers at home as the Democrats wrested back some control in the midterm elections. But his ability to set foreign policy remains largely intact.>>
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>> The question now, from Paris, to Riyad, to Beijing. Could the repercussions of a domestically shackled Trump be an extra fiery one abroad?
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>> Our nation->> Reuters Noah Barkin in Berlin says, maybe.>> Well, I've been talking to politicians, diplomats, and analysts here in Europe. And while many are welcoming the Democratic gains in the House of Representatives, some of them fear that Trump could become even more disruptive on foreign policy if his domestic agenda stalls.
00:00:42
>> Although few European politicians said so openly, the hope in Berlin, Paris, and Brussels was that the US vote would signal the beginning of the end for Trump's Presidency.>> A lot of them were hoping for a blue wave, a Democratic sweep of both houses of Congress, that would really reign in Trump.
00:01:02
And it would also send a signal that he may have only two more years, that his chances of re-election were quite slim. A lot of people in Europe still believe, or have believed over the past two years, that Trump's election was an aberration. They blamed it on Hillary Clinton's weak candidacy.
00:01:23
They blamed it on Russian meddling. This shows that Trump is certainly here to stay, that he's become normalized in American politics, as some European politicians said today. Trump's first two years have already deeply unsettled traditional allies. He's pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord, the Iran nuclear deal and questioned the NATO military alliance.
00:01:47
He's attacked allies over trade and pursued politically divisive policies with North Korea, Saudi Arabia and Russia. The worry now is that the trade conflict with China could intensify, or that he could reopen the trade conflict with Europe. There are however, two foreign policy issues the Democrats could impact.
00:02:07
Congress has already signaled, it wants a tougher line on Russia. And it's pushed to block arms exports to Saudi Arabia, following the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.