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Potential Biden Defense Pick Warns of Trump’s Damage to Military

  • Flournoy says global alliances wouldn’t survive second term
  • Ex-Obama official seen as top candidate for defense secretary
Michele Flournoy
Michele FlournoyPhotographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

The U.S.-led system of alliances built after World War II may not endure another term with Donald Trump as president, according to Michele Flournoy, a potential candidate for defense secretary if Democrat Joe Biden wins the November election.

“Unless we have a new leadership that our allies believe they can count on, I don’t believe our alliances can survive another four years of what they’ve just experienced,” Flournoy said in an interview on Tuesday. “That will leave the U.S. much more alone in the world and much less able to address shared interests, whether it’s climate change, nonproliferation, the next pandemic.”