A View of Trump’s America from the Birthplace of Democracy

By Marc Polymeropoulos

Marc Polymeropoulos served 26 years in the CIA before retiring from the Senior Intelligence Service in June 2019.  His positions included field and headquarters operational assignments covering the Middle East, Europe, Eurasia and CounterTerrorism.  He is the recipient of the Distinguished Intelligence Medal, the Intelligence Commendation Medal, and the Intelligence Medal of Merit.

OPINION — Traveling in Greece on personal business during late October, it was remarkable to hear from a variety of Greeks, their unvarnished views of the Trump administration as well as their overall opinion of where America sits in the current world order. It was a unique experience for me, as I recently retired from the Central Intelligence Agency, where my last position was overseeing all European operations, yet this trip was completely personal in nature and would not entail a visit to the Greek government. Those days are in the past.

I should say that my comments here are not at all based on where the actual US-Greek security and political relationship now stands, as there is reason to be optimistic with the recent visit to Athens by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

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