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US Allies Fear Trump Whiplash, Eye Midterms for Political Clues

  • Officials from Asia, Europe taking the pulse ahead of midterms
  • Polarization makes some question stability of US institutions
Supporters of Former US President Donald Trump cheer during a rally in Youngstown, Ohio, US.

Supporters of Former US President Donald Trump cheer during a rally in Youngstown, Ohio, US.

Photographer: Dustin Franz/Bloomberg

America’s closest allies are nervously watching US midterm elections for any signals that voters could return Donald Trump to the White House in two years, with foreign officials fanning out to battleground states for meetings to collect information that might help avoid a 2016-like shock.

Officials from Europe and Asia are flying from their home countries to augment the traditional work of consulates and embassies in trying to decipher the political contests, according to conversations with diplomats and others from foreign governments.