With the American withdrawal of support for her Indochina allies. Western .European leaders hastened to reassure themselves that they still believed in the strength of their own alliance with the United States. Reflecting the official viewpoint, former West German Chancellor Willy Brandt, speaking in Washington after conferring with President Ford, said that "everyone should understand that there is not the slightest idea of mistrust of the United States." The popular press, however, reflects far more concern over America's future role in the world than the politicians admit. The two French news-weeklies. L 'Express and Le Point, respectively, carried cover stories about "America's retreat" and "America's decline."
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