US professor disinvited by US envoy to Denmark over NATO criticism
The United States ambassador to Denmark reportedly banned Stanley Sloan, a visiting professor at Middlebury College, fellow at the Atlantic Council and former CIA analyst, Buzzfeed News reported.
“Cancel that! I've just received word from the Danish Atlantic Council that the US Embassy in Copenhagen, a cosponsor of the meeting, has vetoed my participation due to my critical evaluation of Trump's impact on transatlantic relations. Stunned and concerned about our country.” Sloan tweeted Saturday.
Lars Bangert Struwe, the head of the Danish Atlantic Council, wrote in an email to Sloan that “[T]he Danish Atlantic Council via the official channels became instructed that Ambassador Carla Sands does not want presence at the Conference.”
Sands is a former actress, who made contributions to President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and his inauguration.
“Thus knowing that you do criticize the President of the United States, we believe that Freedom of Speech is paramount in every democracy, and we do not see a conflict between the Freedom of Speech and participating as a Speaker at an international conference,” Struwe wrote. “Having said that, the Danish Atlantic Council is not in a position, where we can ignore the given instructions by the Embassy of the United States, when the instructions are clear and specific.”
Trump himself cut short a NATO summit in London after footage appeared of some world leaders mocking him behind his back.