A few weeks after interviewing Ted Malloch, the man Trump would like to become the next American ambassador to the EU, I receive a curious email from him. It is entirely blank except for a link to an op-ed written by him for Politico marking the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. He had co-authored the piece with Giulio Tremonti, formerly Silvio Berlusconi’s Minister of Economy and Finances. Its title was: “How the EU lost its way: Brussels was never meant to have so much power”.
This is not the first time that Malloch has turned his critical gaze on the EU. After being invited to appear on the BBC’s This Week, host Andrew Neil asked Malloch why he wanted to be the American ambassador to the EU. ‘I had in a previous career a diplomatic post where I helped bring down the Soviet Union,’ Malloch quipped, ‘so maybe there’s another union that needs a little taming.’
His answer prompted a furious response from the British media and made Malloch an overnight enemy of the people who voted to remain in the EU.