“If one person can help NATO recover from PTSD from Trump, it is her,” Ms. Domenach said. “She’s the right fit, the long-awaited, coming at a time of crisis, very difficult, but she is empowered.”
Ms. Smith is conducting better consultations with allies, which is key to US leadership in the alliance, Ms. Domenach said.
“She represents Washington’s enduring commitment to NATO and the principles of an alliance, no matter how difficult that may be,” Domenach said. “This is a very difficult and not easy time to strike a balance between leadership and consultation, and she has both.”
However, in the long-term plan, moving to Brussels has hardly been easy, Ms. Smith said, with a husband, David Black, two sons, Liam, 11, and Dylan, 7, and their dog Scout .
After she was finally confirmed, Covid got in the way. Working from home and not being able to travel, she said, was a strange thing.
“I was actually going to talk to Joe Biden and my son was, like, walking behind me. I mean, it’s a very strange world, especially for working parents, just weird things are going to happen. “
And then, she said, there’s “the joy of moving a family over the Christmas break.” She grew up in Michigan and wanted to say goodbye to her family – parents, sister, nephew, cousin, aunt and uncle. So they flew there and asked the lieutenant governor of Michigan, Garlin Gilchrist II, to solemnly swear her oath in front of the family.
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