The election that draws the biggest crowds in Brussels is not even happening in Europe: it’s the carnival taking place across the Atlantic in the United States.
200 people attended a discussion at the American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union on 20 October to hear from speakers from the United States and Europe about the US election campaign and what the result may mean for transatlantic relations.
Kris Balderston, FleishmanHillard’s President for Global Public Affairs and Strategic Engagement spoke about the Clinton campaign, based on his long experience working for Hilary Clinton. Kris was joined on the panel by former Congressman Jack Kingston, an advisor to Donald Trump, as well as Ana Gomes, a Member of the European Parliament, and Marco Comastri, an executive with CA Technologies. Nina dos Santos from CNN International moderated.
The panel spoke about a wide range of questions, from the role of women in the election to trade and climate policy and relations with Russia. Though many of the European audience’s questions focused on the colourful commentary of Donald Trump during the campaigns, the speakers also addressed how we can already work to heal the wounds from this election and other campaigns in countries around the world which have left scars.
FleishmanHillard Brussels also has its own Black Box: the FH TrueIQ. This display showed polling results and presented media and social media information in real time. It’s a great party trick!