NATO event canceled after US ambassador Sands blocks Trump critic

A conference celebrating the 70th anniversary of NATO was canceled after the U.S. ambassador to Denmark, Carla Sands, objected to a speaker who has made statements critical of President Donald Trump, the Danish think tank co-sponsoring the event announced Sunday. 

Stanley Sloan, a former CIA analyst and author of “Defense of the West,” had planned to deliver an address on the challenges facing the transatlantic alliance, and the West in general, at the conference, which was scheduled to take place Tuesday at the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen. 

A day before Sloan left for Denmark, he said he was informed by the Danish Atlantic Council that the U.S. Embassy “vetoed my participation due to my critical evaluation of Trump’s impact on transatlantic relations.” 

“Stunned and concerned about my country,” Sloan said in a tweet

The next day, the Danish Atlantic Council announced the conference had been canceled altogether. 

U.S. Ambassador to Denmark Carla Sands arrives for the New Year reception for the diplomacy at Christiansborg Castle, Denmark, Jan. 3, 2019.

“We have all the time known that Mr. Sloan has a critical approach towards President Donald Trump. That is no secret – especially when following his Twitter and Facebook profile,” the Danish Atlantic Council’s secretary-general, Lars Bangert Struwe said in a statement

But Struwe said they “never doubted” that Sloan “would deliver an unpolitical and objective lecture,” as he promised he would. 

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