President Donald Trump arrives to attend the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) summit, in Brussels, on July 11, 2018. 

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President Donald Trump arrives to attend the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) summit, in Brussels, on July 11, 2018. 

Despite the commotion, all three major indexes closed higher. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 94.52 points, breaking the 25,000 mark to close at 25,019.41. The S&P 500 also marked the best day since Feb. 1, closing above 2,800.

Still, James Kirchick said it’s not a good idea for a U.S. president to be so “loathed” by the European public.

“President Trump really departs from the tradition of the American presidency,” said Kirchick, who is a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank.

“What I think is different about President Trump and his predecessors, is that … those presidents that were unpopular, they never really challenged the fundamental values of the Western alliance,” he said. “Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, they understood the value of Europe, of the Transatlantic relationship, of the E.U., of NATO. This is the first time we’ve had an American president who’s come into office who completely opposes these institutions.”

“It makes it harder for the United States to accomplish its goals overseas,” Kirchick said. “Political leaders in our allied nations, they have to answer to their publics.”

— Reuters contributed to this report.

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